Voter fatigue … political apathy … election ennui. I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of the endless rhetoric that I am tempted to tune out any time politics comes up.
But as a U.S. citizen who knows what a privilege it
is to be able to vote, and as the new chair of the ASID
Board of Directors, I realize that politics goes beyond
electing a president every four years. We are surrounded
by issues, many of them local, which directly impact
us and our businesses. It is our responsibility to support
legislation and vote for candidates who are aligned with
our interests, and unify our voices with kindred spirits.
ASID is on the forefront of many legislative issues that
have a direct impact on our design practices, even
though the connection may not be immediately apparent.
Let me give you an example.
In 2009, during the depths of the U.S. recession, my
firm, Steinberg, opened an office in Shanghai—our fourth
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By Charrisse Johnston, ASID, LEED AP BD+C, Associate AIA
MAKING POLITICS LOCAL
Legislation often affects the design community, whether we recognize it or not.