FROM Michael Sorkin
Architects and Trump President-elect Donald Trump has stated that one of his top priorities is the overhaul of the nation's infrastructure. That goal prompted the American Institute of Architects to fire off a memo within hours of Trump's election victory, stating its commitment to working with him "to address the issues our country faces, particularly strengthening the nation's aging infrastructure." Many AIA members erupted in fury and now the Institute has issued an apology, but the fight raises questions about the ethical role of professional associations as well as what form the nation's infrastructure should take.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.