Governor David A. Paterson recently signed the State Green Building Construction Act. The new law gives OGS the authority to develop and implement new green building standards for New York State.
“The State of New York is committed to integrating sustainable design principles and energy efficiency into its building design and construction projects. The goal is an optimal balance of environmental, public and human benefits for meeting the state’s construction needs,” said Governor David A. Paterson. “Over the years OGS has demonstrated its ability to put policy into practice through its sustainable policies and LEED-certified green buildings program. I am confident that OGS will chart a sustainable path for environmentally sound, healthy and productive environments.”
SOURCE: OGS (NY)
A great opinion piece about a need for a Design Policy by Allison Arieff of the NYTimes.com
Some designers I spoke to are less than thrilled with the whole design policy idea. An architect said emphatically, “Good design needs no spokesperson, needs no voice other than itself.” Yet I’m not convinced that’s always the case. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be living in, as I’ve heard one homeowner describe it, “a house with a Spanish Gothic front”, or driving Pontiac Aztecs through poorly designed intersections……..
read the full op-ed piece at the SOURCE: NYTimes.com – Designs on Policy – Allison Arieff Blog
“Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Governor David A. Paterson, Congressman Charles B. Rangel, and Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert C. Lieber today joined community leaders and elected officials to celebrate the opening of West Harlem Piers Park. The $20 million, two-acre park connects West Harlem to the Hudson River greenway and features a docking pier, a fishing pier, bicycle and pedestrian paths and landscaped open space.”
SOURCE: City of New York
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