Policy and Advocacy | 2/6/20
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As you probably have seen in the press this week, in a news story first reported by Architectural Record and published today by The New York Times, a draft executive...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/5/20
The BQE Expert Panel Report

An Expert Panel convened by Mayor Bill de Blasio has released a report detailing recommendations on how to move forward with repairs to the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/3/20
AIANY members testifying at the City Council about MWBEs. Image: AIA New York.

Minority-Owned Business Enterprise (MBE) and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) architecture firms have long faced serious challenges working for the City of New...

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Policy and Advocacy | 1/6/20
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Significant changes are coming to the way New York City handles procurement for architects. One of these is affecting whose services are procured, while the other...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/16/19
The glass in the Jacob. K. Javits Convention Center, renovated by FXCollaborative in 2013, includes patterns that have caused a 90% drop in bird deaths. Image credit: Chris Cooper.

After nearly two years of tireless effort, AIA New York’s advocacy in support of bird-friendly glass has come to fruition. Last week, the New York City Council passed...

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Policy and Advocacy | 12/2/19
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 | 11/12/19
Maritime building renovation. Image credit: SounderBruce via Flickr.

Six months ago, the New York City Council passed a package of laws mandating sustainable design practices and techniques, including Local Law 92 of 2019, Local Law 94 of...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/29/19
The NYC Department of Buildings (DOB) has now largely completed and released its long in-development online filing system, DOB NOW. Image courtesy of DOB.

Over the last few years, New York City government agencies have sought to update their long-existing online systems and move much of their interfacing with design...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/14/19
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Last month, the board of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) approved its 2020-2024 Capital Program, the most ambitious capital plan the agency has ever...

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Policy and Advocacy | 10/1/19
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Over the last few years, construction sites in New York City have seen an increasing number of injuries and deaths. In response, the City Council passed Local Law 196 of...

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Policy and Advocacy | 9/17/19
At a City Council hearing on the bill last week, architects, ornithologists, and birders testified about the need to require bird-friendly glass. Image credit: Center for Architecture.

Earlier this year, a bill was introduced in the New York City Council, Int 1482, which would require that new construction utilize bird-friendly glass. Birds have...

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Policy and Advocacy | 8/21/19
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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