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Attention New York City architects and engineers: Should you apply for amnesty?

City law defines lobbyists as those who influence city or elected officials to perform one of eight types of action, including the procurement of goods, contracts, and construction, or legislative bodies that set zoning, development, and use of property. The city is offering a one-time amnesty opportunity for architects and engineers who have engaged in "reportable lobbying activities" but haven't filed with the Lobbying Bureau at the Office of the City Clerk previously. Filing for amnesty offers the opportunity to avoid fines and penalties. Eligible practitioners must not have filed statement of registration since December 2006, while eligible clients must not filed a client amnesty report since December 2006. The video above, produced by the City Clerk's office, explains lobbying in detail while the video below goes into the process and requirements for an amnesty application. Critics of the lobbying rules contend that the regulations are written too broadly and that architects and engineers could be unfairly penalized for lobbying while performing normal duties. Michael De Chiara, founding partner at Zetlin & De Chiara LLC, a firm that represents architects, engineers, and construction services, called the program "imperfect" noting that, for example, a routine activity like seeking a variance from the DOB could be considered lobbying. Benjamin Prosky, executive director of AIANY and the Center for Architecture, outlined AIANY's stance in an email to AN: "The lobby law is an important issue facing architects practicing in NYC. While we cannot advise architects generally on whether or not to file for amnesty, we do think each firm must take this very seriously and get informed. AIANY has met with the NYC Clerks' Office and urged them to provide more specific criteria for architects to assess whether or not they qualify as lobbyists. We have also urged them to extend the amnesty date. We are very concerned that if architects must file as lobbyists, the reporting obligations will be costly and cumbersome, especially to small firms." De Chiara recommended that anyone who is eligible should apply for amnesty by the June 30 deadline. A spokesperson for the Office of the City Clerk confirmed that weekly training sessions are held at the office every Wednesday from 3–4 p.m.
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Eavesdrop NY 04

VALLEY OF THE DOLL With either mock or earnest outrage (hard to tell), Charles Linn, deputy editor of Architectural Record, alerted Eavesdrop to an injustice that’s resonating throughout the profession. Barbie will never be an architect. It’s true, a lot of dolls aren’t architects, presumably by choice, but Barbie has, for all intents and purposes, been banned from three years of sleepless, pore-clogging charrettes and humiliating juries. Here’s what happened. Mattel, Barbie’s baby daddy, had an online contest called “I Can Be” to determine the next Career Barbie. Voters were asked to choose from a list of five nominees: environmentalist, surgeon, news anchor, computer engineer, and architect. And the winners are: news anchor and computer engineer. Really? Architect Barbie is the Susan Lucci of Mattel—so many nominations without a win. Apparently the fix was in back in 2002, when Architect Barbie beat out Librarian Barbie and Police Officer Barbie. Then, in an assault on democracy, Mattel annulled the contest, declining to produce the winner, claiming that the architectural profession was too complex for young girls to comprehend. Eavesdrop is shocked and saddened that there won’t be any tiny Jil Sander suits to buy. Barbie-advocate Linn has taken up the cause on the Record blog, but Eavesdrop is more curious about that worthless Ken. We can see him suited up nicely in orange, indicted in a bid-rigging scheme. PIERCING INSIGHT Is it any surprise that Germans do not like Daniel Libeskind’s design for the recreation of the Dresden Military Museum? Apparently, a majority of citizens want the city’s historical buildings returned to their pre-WWII glory, before Allied bombers incinerated it. Libeskind’s dramatic intervention—a multistoried arrow slamming through the old arsenal that houses the museum and exploding out through the original facade like a giant shiv—has created its own firestorm, so to speak. Libeskind’s defense: “It creates a question mark about the continuity of history and what it means.” Eavesdrop’s response: It could put somebody’s eye out. Send Bob the Builder lunch boxes to