Architecture, Policy

Promises and reality: Trump’s failed attempts to build the world’s tallest buildings in NYC.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) issued a statement last Wednesday pledging that “The AIA and its 89,000 members are committed to working with president-elect Trump to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation’s aging infrastructure.” The statement issued by organization chief Robert Ivy assured that the country’s architects would help the incoming president and congress with construction industry-related matters: “During the campaign, president-elect Trump called for committing at least $500 billion to infrastructure spending over five years,” said Ivy–possibly providing an imperative for the message. But that does not appear to be reason enough for members, who say they do not necessarily “stand ready to work with him and with the incoming 115th Congress.” A swift and indignant backlash led to an apology by Ivy released early this week.

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