Summer 2016 marks the 100-year anniversary of the passage of the nation’s first comprehensive zoning law, and the AIA New York Planning & Urban Design Committee is commemorating the occasion with a series of essays that look at the impact of the zoning on architectural practice.
On July 25, 1916 New York City approved zoning rules that govern the height, shape, size and distribution of buildings in the city, a move that shaped the city’s morphology and inspired other cities to pass their own zoning laws.
The Planning & Urban Design Committee asked 20 government officials and practitioners to share their thoughts on how zoning affects the city and architects’ practice; the last 100 years of zoning’s influence on New York; and what the next 100 years of zoning should look like. Contributors include Robert A.M. Stern; Carl Weisbrod, chair of the New York City Planning Commission; Gina Pollara, president of the Municipal Art Society; Jeffrey Shumaker, chief urban designer at the NYC Department of City Planning; and Vishaan Chakrabarti, founder of the Partnership for Architecture & Urbanism.
To compliment online collection of essays, the committee has planned a series of events to commemorate this historic anniversary. The full list of programming and the essays can be found here.