13 design, architecture, and civics experts wrote an open letter to New York Mayor Bill De Blasio recommending ways to return New York City’s land to its citizens. They pitched increasing the size and number of local parks and plazas, improving access to these gathering places, and pedestrianizing major thoroughfares in midtown Manhattan.
February 2017|Landscape Architecture Magazine
What if what the High Line is, and how it came about, could be codified and planned as easily as train track rails or the concrete columns hoisting up miles of elevated freeway?
The Design Trust thinks it could be...
January 2017|The New York Times
A consortium of architects and urban planners wrote an open letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio suggesting strategic improvements that could be made to the city’s civic commons at a time of perhaps unprecedented political engagement. The suggestions include increased funding for the city’s public plaza program so that more town squares would be created in isolated neighborhoods, where immigrants might feel distanced from the political discourse.
"Arts and design elevate our spirits, build our civic pride, and touch people of all ages, the core of our nation’s soul, from rural townships to metropolitan regions," says Susan Chin, executive director of Design Trust for Public Space. "It’s unthinkable to cut the NEA's funding after a 50-year history of successful programs that have contributed tremendous value to society. These creative pursuits—music, dance, theater, visual arts, design—enhance our children’s education, spur entrepreneurship, and promote innovative development that bring us together in our communities."
January 2017|East Village Patch
Designers are working with NYCHA to revamp Lillian Wald Houses on Avenue D…”The new space could take many forms, depending on residents' interest," reads a flyer from Design Trust for Public Space. "It could become a small park[…], it could include seating, small adult exercise equipment, a water fountain, a charging station, or whatever people suggest.
January 2017|Bowery Boogie
Public artist Jane Greengold was tapped to partner with the Design Trust for Public Space to work some artistic magic, by creating a prototype for an underutilized grassy area of a NYCHA development. The Wald Houses fit the bill
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