Mapping Our Impact in New York City

Photo Urbanism

Decker Farm

Our Photo Urbanism program supports the creation of new photography illuminating New York City's public realm. 

High Line Park

Gansevoort to West 30th Street

Our study saved the High Line from demolition, proving why-and how-the structure should be reclaimed for public use. 

High Performance Landscape

Brooklyn Bridge Park

The resiliency of this park during and after Hurricane Sandy shows the impact of our Guidelines

Made in Midtown

Garment District

Our Made in Midtown study influenced the City's decision to delay their plan to force garment production out of the district. 

Taxi 07 Exhibit

Jacob Javits Convention Center

Our exhibit of innovative taxi designs convinced the city that a new, purpose-built vehicle was possible. 

Public Space Potlucks

Under the BQE

Our most successful public space potluck gathered over 150 people together for a communal dinner. 

Brooklyn Public Library

Grand Army Plaza

Our guidelines have brought design excellence to 60% of the libraries in the Brooklyn system. 

Times Square Pedestrian Plaza

Times Square

Our pedestrian plan spurred a comprehensive transformation of the "Crossroads of the World." 

Five Borough Farm

Randall's Island Urban Farm

Our data collection toolkit enabled this farm to improve their youth education program. 

Diego Beekman Houses

South Bronx

Billed as "the largest tenant takeover of a federal housing project in the country." 

Under the Elevated

Crotona Park

Our temporary intervention underneath the subway track demonstrates the possibilities for sites Under the Elevated

High Performance Building

Queens Botanical Garden

Our High Performance Building Guidelines are showcased beautifully in this visitor center. 

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Boogie Down Booth at Jane Jacobs Forum

Video: Municipal Arts Society

Video: Municipal Arts Society

Boogie Down Booth at Jane Jacobs Forum Page of

Designated as a "Project that Ignites" by the Municipal Arts Society, Design Trust Fellow Chat Travieso presented the Boogie Down Booth at the 2014 Jane Jacobs Forum, alongside Kerry McLean from WHEDco and Neil Gagliardi from NYC DOT. 

The Design Trust is the creation of a huge constituency. Twenty years worth of people have been working on these projects.

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Highlights From Our History

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  1. Design Trust for Public Space is Established

    April 1995

    Andrea Woodner–a sculptor trained as an architect and a native New Yorker–has a vision for an organization that can transform the life of the city by connecting city agencies with the burgeoning design community. She names it "Design Trust for Public Space" to reflect the mission of bringing design expertise and design thinking to the public realm. 

  2. First High Performance Building Opens

    December 1999

    The South Jamaica Branch Library was the first building designed and constructed using the Design Trust's High Performance Building Guidelines

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  3. Design Trust Publishes Pivotal Study to Save the High Line

    February 2002

    The High Line is a derelict piece of urban infrastructure scheduled for demolition. Our feasibility study leads to the City's decision to preserve and transform the elevated railway into public open space.

  4. Pedestrian-Mobility Plan Inspires Transformation of Times Square

    June 2004

    Problems & Possibilities outlines practical solutions to the chaotic conditions and traffic congestion plaguing Times Square, spurring a radical transformation of the “Crossroads of the World.”

  5. Design Trust Mounts Large-Scale Exhibit of New Taxi Designs

    April 2007

    Garnering over 100,000 visitors in just 12 days, the Taxi 07 exhibit demonstrates to the world that it’s time to bring design innovation to New York City’s taxi fleet.   

  6. Design Trust Holds First Public Space Potluck

    September 2008

    A new program of pop-up dinner parties in public space is born with the first "Public Space Potluck" in the center of Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn. 

  7. NYC Delays Rezoning Plan for Garment District

    June 2010

    With our Made in Midtown study, we succeed in shifting the debate about the Garment District, resulting in the City's decision to put their plan to force garment production out of the District on hold.

  8. Design Trust Honored by Society of Landscape Architects

    September 2011

    The New York American Society of Landscape Architects honors the Design Trust with the President's Award. 

    Photo: Todd France
  9. Design Trust Produces Comprehensive Urban Agriculture Study

    July 2012

    Five Borough Farm: Seeding the Future of Urban Agriculture in New York City establishes the nation's first set of metrics to measure the benefits of urban agriculture and recommends ways to expand urban agriculture in NYC.

  10. Design Trust Named to "Public Interest Design 100" List

    December 2012

  11. First Taxi of Tomorrow Cabs Hit the Streets of New York

    October 2013

    After two years of design and development, the first Taxi of Tomorrow vehicles hit the streets of NYC on October 31st, delighting passengers and drivers alike. 

    Photo: Vinoodh Chandar
  12. Jane Jacobs Forum Features Our Boogie Down Booth

    October 2014

    The Boogie Down Booth, our temporary installation below the elevated 2/5 subway tracks in the Bronx, is honored by MAS as one of the three "Projects that Ignite!" at their Jane Jacobs Forum.

    Photo: Rucha Mandlik
  13. Our Photo Urbanism Fellow's Work is Featured in the NY Times

    November 2014

    The Times features fourteen of Photo Urbanism Fellow Krisanne Johnson's photographs of life along the elevated tracks in NYC in their online Lens column and their Sunday Metropolitan print edition.