by Carly Midgley | December 16, 2016 11:14 am
The results of the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA’s) first-ever survey of the country’s attitudes toward community buildings suggest a majority of Americans see public buildings as an important part of their community’s infrastructure. In fact, 83 percent of respondents reported exactly that, while 94 percent stated they see the maintenance of these buildings as important to their community’s future.
The survey, conducted by The Harris Poll, took place October 12 to 14 and gathered responses from more than 2100 Americans over the age of 18. It focused on opinions regarding public buildings such as schools, libraries, community centers, and parks.
Among the survey’s other major findings:
“The survey findings are a clarion call to policy-makers at all levels of government that Americans not only want safe roads and bridges, but also desire a serious financial commitment to public buildings that mirror and contribute to the communities in which they live,” says AIA president Russell Davidson, FAIA.
Davidson also spoke regarding the Summit itself, which comprises nearly 40 speakers and 350 attendees developing recommendations for the incoming presidential administration. He believes its purpose is to expand discussions regarding infrastructure so they include funding for public buildings.
“It is clear from the survey Americans consider investment in community buildings and spaces a priority,” says Robert Ivy, FAIA, CEO of AIA. “Not only do they believe that that investment would lead to improvements in property value, education, and public safety, but also serve to attract new businesses and enhance their overall quality of life.”
The results of the survey can be read here.
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