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October 18, 2017
by Justin Pascone
City Hall. Photo via NYCgo.

Earlier this year, new leadership was appointed to three New York City agencies that play critical roles in planning and development of our neighborhoods in NYC: Maria Torres-Springer, Commissioner of the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development; James Patchett, President and CEO of the NYC Economic Development Corporation; and Marisa Lago, Director of the NYC Department of City Planning and Chair of the City Planning Commission.

On 10.31.17, the New York Metro Chapter of the APA and the New York Chapter of the AIA will host New York City Planning and Development: An Inter-Agency Conversation, where the three recently appointed agency heads will speak about their vision for their agencies, how they collaborate, and the role of their respective agencies in meeting the City’s goals. Maxwell Sokol, ACIP, President of APA-NYM, will moderate the discussion and dive into each leaders’ take on the neighborhood planning and rezoning process, key projects underway and planned, their role in reducing inequality throughout NYC, and vital policy initiatives.

The discussion will take place at the offices of Grimshaw Architects (637 W 27th Street, New York, NY 10001) from 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM. Registration is still available, with the event free for AIA members, APA members, and students; $10 for general public. Register here.

Pulse Points

  • Registration is open for the Hyper-Efficient Building Workshops, AIANY and Urban Green Council’s in-depth training on the design of hyper-efficient buildings and compliance with Local Law 31/32. The two-day workshops are limited to 25 participants and open to all architects, designers, engineers, and construction trade professionals. The next workshops are being held on 11.07.17 – 11.08.17 and 11.28.17 – 11.29.17 at the Center for Architecture. To learn more and register, continue here.
  • On 10.04.17, Mayor Bill de Blasio released a comprehensive plan outlining how New York City will attempt to comply with the goal of curbing global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. So far, the mayors of 247 U.S. cities have committed to the Paris Climate Accord, despite President Donald Trump’s June announcement that he would withdraw.
  • On 10.06.17, NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity, Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, and Citi Community Development announced the launch of the nation’s first-ever municipal service design studio dedicated to improving services for low-income residents. Continue here to learn more.
  • On 11.17.17, AIANY’s Civic Leadership Program is hosting their final public event “…And Justice for All: Reconstructing Potentials Through Collaborative Process” will explore how constructive methods of stakeholder engagement impact justice reform. Through presentations and a panel discussion, practitioners with backgrounds in public service, advocacy, research, and design will share their knowledge and experience of collaboratively shaping justice for cities, communities, and individuals. Register here.
  • AIANY has released our latest in a series of federal policy statements on Risk and Recovery. The statement addresses the recent changes in policy and regulations at the federal level and their impact here in New York, such as withdrawing the United States from the Paris Climate Accords, suspending safeguards at the Environmental Protection Agency and rescinding of water and air pollution regulations. To read the full statement, continue here.


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