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Policy and Advocacy | 11/13/18
US Capitol at dusk. Photo credit: Martin Falbisoner.

The results of the 2018 General Election, also known as the "Midterms," may have major implications for architecture and the construction industry. Democrats look likely...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/31/18

Earlier this year, Mayor de Blasio organized a Charter Revision Commission to examine potential changes to the New York City Charter. Much like the constitution, the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/30/18

This coming Tuesday, November 6 is the 2018 General Election, also known as the “midterm election.” AIANY strongly encourages its members to vote. You may check your...

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AIA National News, Policy and Advocacy | 10/23/18

This year, AIA launched the “Blueprint for Better” campaign, highlighting the role of architects as leaders in improving America’s cities, towns, and...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/16/18

Community boards have a significant influence on land use and construction in New York. While they do not have the authority to approve work, they serve as a forum for...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/15/18

On October 9, representatives from 27 firms gathered at the Center for Architecture for the announcement of results from the AIANY Zero Waste Challenge. Firms were...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/18/18

The Zero Waste Design Guidelines address the crucial role that design can play in achieving NYC’s ambitious goal, outlined in OneNYC, to send zero waste to landfills...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/18/18
By Gryffindor [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], from Wikimedia Commons

The past few decades saw an enormous amount of construction in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Nevertheless, the Bronx lagged behind the other boroughs, with the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/4/18
Photo: Matt H. Wade/ Creative Commons.

The New York primary election for state positions takes place next Thursday, September 13. Unlike other states, New York has two separate primaries, one for federal...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/21/18
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For years, elected officials and community groups have spoken about the need to close Rikers Island. Last year, the City-sanctioned “Lippman Report” was released,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/6/18

In New York City, around 70% of carbon emissions originate from buildings. For years, little was done legislatively to address the effects buildings have on air quality...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/25/18

In April, the Policy Pulse covered the increased activity of the Koch Brothers and other wealthy individuals in their attempts to weaken unions and professional...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/24/18

On June 27, 2018, the US Supreme Court decided Janus v. AFSCME, a landmark case regarding the ability of unions to collect fees from non-union members. In a 5-4...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/11/18

In the June 13 Policy Pulse section, we covered each of the competitive June 26 New York City congressional primaries. As a follow up, below we’ve included the results...

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Civic Leadership Program, Policy and Advocacy | 6/26/18

On Saturday, June 9, 2018, the AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP) kicked off its second year at the Center for Architecture. Ten selected leaders came together for a...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/26/18

The poor state of the subways has become one of the most pressing political issues in New York. To address this, Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed Andy Byford the new...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/13/18

The 2018 election season in New York State is about to begin. On Tuesday, June 26, New York will host its first of three elections this year, the Congressional...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/30/18

This June, the Center for Architecture will be opening the exhibition Designing Waste: Strategies for a Zero Waste City, based on the Zero Waste Design Guidelines (ZWDG)...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/30/18
Credit: Jason Lawrence.

At one time, sustainable design was associated mostly with environmentalism. Now, discussions over topics such as historic preservation, affordable housing, and waste...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/16/18
Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing, a collaboration between AIANY’s Housing Committee, the NYC Public Design Commission (PDC), and the Fine Arts Federation of New York.

The lack of affordable housing in New York City has reached a crisis point. Nevertheless, there has been a building boom; one that is skewed to luxury residential and...

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