Policy and Advocacy | 8/6/18
PS 41 green roof. Credit: Aloha Jon.

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
Janus v. AFSCME Protest. Credit: Mike Ferguson/AAUP.

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
US Capitol. Credit: Martin Falbisoner.

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
CLP 2018 kick off. Credit: Center for Architecture.

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
Andy Byford, MTA New York City Transit President. Credit: Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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
Congressional Districts of Downstate New York. Courtesy Wikimedia.

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
Image by Wkshps.

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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Policy and Advocacy | 5/1/18
Zero Waste Design Guidelines.

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 | 5/1/18
Empire State Plaza in Albany. Credit: Matt Wade.

This past Tuesday, April 24, special elections were held across New York State for open State Senate and Assembly seats. Democrats had a generally successful night,...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/17/18
States where delicensing legislation and executive orders were introduced, enacted, or issued between 2015 and 2018.

The past few years have seen an increasing level of pressure on workers organizations, including unions and professional associations such as AIA. These attacks are...

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Civic Leadership Program, Policy and Advocacy | 4/4/18
2017 CLP Development Session. Credit: Center for Architecture.

AIA New York, along with the AIANY Emerging New York Architects Committee, are now accepting applications for the 2018 AIANY Civic Leadership Program (CLP). Now in...

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Policy and Advocacy | 4/4/18
Andrew Cuomo photograph by Pat Arnow. Cynthia Nixon photograph courtesy of Yahoo News.

On March 19, actress Cynthia Nixon announced she will be challenging Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Cuomo, who has served as Governor of New York...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/29/18

The American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter (AIANY) is expressing concerns regarding the proposed demolition of 270 Park Avenue, formerly known as the Union...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/21/18
Rikers Island, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

The future of New York City’s correctional system, in particular Rikers Island, has been among the most pressing political issues in New York City over the past few...

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Policy and Advocacy | 3/7/18
Credit: Tim Evanson.

2018 is shaping up to have a very busy political calendar. While the general election is getting the most press, due to talks of a “Democratic wave,” there are many...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/21/18
AIANY is committed to ensuring that the most historically valuable buildings in our city are protected.

Historic preservation has been a particularly salient issue of late, from the debate over the potential landmarking of iconic New York buildings to the near elimination...

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Policy and Advocacy | 2/6/18
Rendering released by the MTA in 2016.

AIANY is strongly committed to fixing our deteriorating subway system, which has been front-page news of late. A severe lack of funding for the MTA has led to the...

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