Real Time Web Analytics

AIA TO OFFICIALLY SUPPORT NEW WTC-7 INVESTIGATION?

CALEB HITT

THEDAILYRESISTANCE.COM

 

In February I joined the AE911Truth 2015 membership drive.  So far over 2,300 architects and engineers have signed a petition calling for a new investigation of the WTC-7 total collapse.  It just so happens that 55 of these architects happen to be on the board of directors for AIA (American Institute of Architects), the nation’s largest association of architects.  Earlier this week, the Official Delegate Information Booklet for the AIA National Convention was published. On pages 24 and 25 is the resolution that these 55 petition signers co-sponsored. It calls upon the AIA to amend its official Public Policies and Position Statements to include a Position Statement supporting a new WTC 7 investigation.  The text of the resolution reads as follows:

WHEREAS, under the AIA Public Policies and Position Statements, it is the responsibility of architects to design a resilient environment that can more successfully adapt to natural conditions and that can more readily absorb and recover from adverse events; and
 WHEREAS, architects and others involved in the design and construction of buildings depend upon the information obtained from investigations into building failures to inform the development of model building codes; and
WHEREAS, on September 11, 2001, 7 World Trade Center, a 47-story high-rise building,suffered a complete collapse; and
WHEREAS, on November 20, 2008, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released the final report of its three-year investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center, which concluded that fires, an unprecedented cause of failure for a modern high-rise building, were the primary cause of failure; and
WHEREAS, the cause of failure identified by the NIST investigation would mean that hundreds of high-rise buildings in the United States are susceptible to similar failure from fire; and
WHEREAS, thousands of members of the architecture and engineering professions, including the 55 sponsors of this resolution, believe the NIST investigation did not adhere to the principles of the scientific method and, as a result, the conclusions of the NIST investigation are fatally flawed.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the AIA Board of Directors shall adopt a Position Statement, to be published in the AIA Directory of Public Policies and Position Statements, stating:
The AIA’s belief that incidents involving the catastrophic failure of buildings and other structures must be investigated using the highest standards of science-based investigation and analysis in order to provide accurate and meaningful information in the development of model building codes;
The AIA’s recognition that many members of the architecture profession believe the NIST investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, did not adhere to the principles of the scientific method and, as a result, the conclusions of the NIST investigation are fatally flawed;
The AIA’s belief that this perspective merits further study; and
The AIA’s support for a new investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that it is advised that this Position Statement be incorporated as Position Statement #3 under the Construction Industry Regulation Public Policy. The recommended language of this Position Statement is as follows:
3. World Trade Center 7
The AIA believes that incidents involving the catastrophic failure of buildings and other structures must be investigated using the highest standards of science-based investigation and analysis in order to provide accurate and meaningful information in the development of model building codes. In adherence to the scientific method, investigations should:
Consider all available data;
Consider hypotheses that most readily explain the available data;
Test those hypotheses and analyze the results without bias; and
Provide for external review and replication by making all data available.
The AIA recognizes that many members of the architecture profession believe the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, did not adhere to these principles and, as a result, the conclusions of the NIST investigation are fatally flawed. The AIA believes this perspective merits further study and supports a new investigation into the complete collapse of 7 World Trade Center.
On May 16 th this resolution will go to a vote. If it passes and is later ratified by the AIA Board of Directors, the nation’s largest association of architects will officially support a new WTC 7 investigation.
About Caleb Hitt

Caleb Hitt is a citizen journalist, co-host on Battle Of New Orleans Radio Show, and 9/11 blogger (floodcaleb.wordpress.com). Follow him on twitter. https://twitter.com/CALEBHITT