Policy and Advocacy | 3/17/21
New York City Hall. Photo: MusikAnimal via Wikimedia Commons.

Last year, AIA New York launched the AIA New York Political Action Fund (AIANY PAF), which enables our association to support candidates for political office. We heard...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/25/21
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In 2019, the New York City Council passed Local Law 97, a landmark piece of legislation requiring large buildings to stay under emissions limits. These emissions limits...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/17/21
NYC aerial view. Photo: Free-Photos via Pixabay.

New Yorkers have long debated the merits of a comprehensive plan, a single document that outlines goals for private and public sector design and construction over a set...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/5/21
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.

Borough presidents and New York City members are now accepting applications for community board appointments. Community boards are volunteer advisory groups that provide...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/14/20
NYCHA's Drew-Hamilton Houses. Photo: Jim Henderson via Wikimedia Commons.

The politics over affordable and supportive housing in New York City have become increasingly contentious. During both the Bloomberg and de Blasio administrations,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/27/20
Wilson County Court House, Wilson, North Carolina. Credit: Beyond My Ken via Wikimedia Commons.

AIA New York expresses its strong opposition to the continued efforts of the Trump Administration to mandate that federal buildings reflect classical...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/26/20
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AIANY strongly encourages members to partake in the upcoming election and support candidates who value good design. AIA National has prepared presidential candidate...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/14/20
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. Photo: Gage Skidmore via Flickr.

With the 2020 general election fast approaching, much is at stake for New York City’s architects. Funding for sustainable design, transportation, and the basic...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/30/20
Rikers Island. Tim Rodenberg via Wikimedia Commons.

For years, advocates have pushed to close Rikers Island. Conditions for detainees in the infamous jail have long been inhumane due to the physical state of the buildings...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/14/20
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Census responses help determine how much funding New York receives for transportation, affordable housing, and other architectural priorities. Many have grown fearful...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/18/20
1024px 2018 Fort Tryon Park View Of NYCHA Dyckman Houses

With years of neglect leading to a backlog of maintenance needs, the woes of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) are nothing new to most New Yorkers. The...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/21/20
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Despite concerns about a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, New York is moving ahead with its reopening. New cases and fatalities have fallen dramatically since the virus...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/8/20
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The current financial crisis has impacted all levels of government. Transit agencies across the country have been especially hard hit as ridership has remained at low...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/24/20
US Capitol. Photo: Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons.

Tuesday, June 23 was primary day in New York State. Democrats and Republicans voted in crucial contests for local, state, and federal races. Due to the significant...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/10/20
Union Square. Photo: chensiyuan via Wikimedia Commons.

The future of New York’s public space is being hotly debated. Protests and health concerns have changed how architects and policymakers are thinking about public...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/26/20
Photo: Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons.

As the health crisis wears on, the financial situation for state and local governments continues to be dire. Last month, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said that...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/13/20
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As total hospitalizations due to COVID-19 continue to decline, Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have begun preparing the City and State for a gradual reopening in the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/29/20
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Commercial tenants have been hit very hard by the current crisis. Healthwise, rules around working from home have limited the ability of tenants to use the spaces they...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/14/20
New York State Capitol, Albany, NY. Photo: Kurtman518 via Wikimedia Commons.

Architecture firms have been hard hit by the current health and financial crises, seeing a huge decrease in work due to a lack of clients and government-mandated...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/6/20

On Thursday, April 2, AIA New York and a coalition of allied engineering, contractor, and labor organizations sent a letter to the Mayor urging him to restart design...

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