Policy and Advocacy | 8/21/19
Hudson Yards. Image credit: Chris6d [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)]

New York City’s built environment has long been defined by notable “megadevelopments.” Rockefeller Center, Battery Park City, Co-Op City, and countless others have...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/7/19
Image credit: Jorge Láscar.

After years of advocacy by AIANY and many other groups, mandatory retrofitting of large buildings became law in May 2019. Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL97) will require that...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/23/19
Courtesy of Max Pixel.

Across the country, states and municipalities have seen policy proposals calling for contractors working with government agencies to be monitored by what is referred to...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/10/19
Image: NYC Public Design Commission.

With the backing of an AIA New York Committee Excellence Grant and the AIANY Housing Committee, the NYC Public Design Commission (PDC) has launched a database arm of the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 7/8/19
DDC recently released "A Strategic Blueprint for Construction Excellence." Image courtesy of DDC.

The past year has seen some significant changes in the administration of the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), which oversees procurement for the design...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/25/19
Ted [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)]

Over the last decade, awareness of bird-friendly building design has grown substantially. As glass buildings have proliferated nationally, particularly in New York, the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 6/12/19
AIANY's workshop on the future of the BQE. Photo: AIA New York.

Over the last few decades, the state of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway's triple cantilever, the three-level structure running along the edge of Brooklyn Heights...

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Policy and Advocacy | 5/15/19
Mayor Bill de Blasio. Image credit: Kevin Case via Flickr.

Over the last few weeks, Mayor de Blasio has filled numerous high-level positions within his administration. City agencies dealing the construction industry have been...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/16/19
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After a decade of debate in City Hall, New York City will begin mandating retrofitting of existing  buildings in order to reduce carbon emissions. A bill before the...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/2/19
BBT toll plaza from BQE overpass. Image credit: Jim.henderson via Wikimedia Commons.

After more than a decade of political advocacy and debate, congestion pricing was finally included in the New York State budget. First proposed by Mayor Bloomberg over a...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/18/19
Courtesy of NYC DCP.

In the last few years, developers have taken advantage of a number of zoning loopholes to increase the height of residential buildings. The most common loophole...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/5/19
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The MTA’s inability to find a substantial dedicated revenue source, while keeping construction costs down, has long plagued the agency. After years of dealing with...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/20/19
Courtesy of Circular City Week.

Circular City Week,  March 4 - March 10, 2019, is a collaborative festival for events that promote a circular economy. Events and activities, hosted by an array of...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/20/19
Credit: Tim Evanson.

Next Tuesday, February 26, New York City voters will be heading to the polls for a special election. Former NYC Public Advocate, Letitia James, was elected NYS Attorney...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/5/19
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.

Community board applications for most boroughs are due this Friday, February 8. Community boards are an important way for architects and other land use professionals...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/23/19
Empire Plaza, Albany. Courtesy of Wikicommons.

Democrats took total control of the New York State government after the 2018 general election, representing a major shift leftward. Last week, Governor Andrew Cuomo...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/8/19
New York City has 59 Community Boards. Image: Courtesy of NYC Dept. of City Planning.

Borough Presidents and Council Members are now accepting applications for those interested in serving on community boards. Community boards are volunteer advisory...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/12/18
Policy Pulse 12.12.18

Architects and elected officials have long discussed the need for mandatory retrofitting of existing buildings, particularly large ones, in order to reduce carbon...

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Policy and Advocacy | 11/27/18
The White House, Washington, DC. Via Wikimedia Commons.

With the 2018 Midterms over, all eyes in the political world are now turning towards the presidential election in 2020. 2016 saw Donald Trump, a New Yorker, elected...

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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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