If the Institute and the College of Fellows are truly concerned about taking appropriate public policy positions on "the health, safety & welfare" of both the public, general humanity and our membership, then perhaps some effort to be spent in the coming months to examine a myriad of issues regarding our upcoming National Convention (May 2020). A very few of the questions which might be addressed include..................... How will the juxtaposition of our National Meeting to within two miles of what has been dubbed as the new "tent city" be viewed and interpreted by the public? Will architects offer up potential solutions to the challenges that leadership of the City of Los Angeles faces? How sustainable are our cities when even basic hygiene and safety cannot be maintained? If the Institute is going take a position that is critical of bad public policy, we should deal out that analysis equally and honestly.............regardless of party or political ideology. Will those who are so passionate and vocal about our border conditions be as compassionate about the growing crisis in so many major cities across our country?..............
I plan to attend the convention in L.A.. It will be interesting to see how leadership (and membership) of the Institute chooses to engage and address these issues before and during the convention.
Bill T. Wilson II, FAIA, NCARB
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For an interesting series on increasing housing density, which is one part of a possible solution, see the online series filmed live at AIA Seattle's 2019 Housing Forum https://aecknowledge.com/course_bundles/25. Full disclosure, this was filmed by https://aecknowledge.com, of which I own. We are an online education partner with AIA Seattle, who receives a substantial portion of the revenue from this online series in order to fund other educational initiatives.
Michael Strogoff, FAIA
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In the spirit of sharing perspectives and seeing where we might find common ground, I would be very interested in reading a joint statement by the two of you after you talk on the phone or in person.
Although I might not agree with one or both of you, you have both spent considerable time sharing your passionate perspectives on this public forum and, perhaps, talking past each other. The enlightened approach at this point might be for you to have a more direct dialogue and then report back.