July 2017|Harlem World
One of the Design Trust’s winning project takes aim at a pedestrian plaza at 125th Street in East Harlem, while creating a solution for keeping up 14 other plazas in low-income areas from Harlem to Hollis in the process. There were two projects chosen for the Design Trust for Public Space’s 2017 Call for Projects, the other winning project takes aim in the Mott Haven-Port Morris community in the Bronx.
July 2017|Next City
To capture some of that redevelopment value for the [Mott Haven-Port Morris] area’s current residents, a group of organizations including South Bronx Unite, the New York City Community Land Initiative and the Mott Haven-Port Morris Community Land Stewards want to create a community land trust, and their idea was one of two recently chosen for the Design Trust for Public Space’s 2017 Call for Projects.
The Design Trust’s other winning project takes aim at a pedestrian plaza at 125th Street in East Harlem, creating a solution for keeping up 14 other plazas in low-income areas across New York City in the process.
July 2017|Curbed New York
The Design Trust for Public Space’s Public for All winners will address need in the city’s public plazas and provide South Bronx residents a forum in the development of underutilized city-owned land.
The first winning proposal focuses on ways to reactivate and sustain some of the city’s 70 pedestrian plazas, over half of which are in underserved communities…The second winning proposal comes from South Bronx Unite (along with a bunch of other partners) who are striking back against decades of environmental abuse in the area that’s been brought on by power plants, waste transfer stations, and companies like FreshDirect whose new distribution plant, Dissent Magazine notes, will add 1,000 truck trips per day to an area already choked with air pollution.
July 2017|Mott Haven Herald
A Mott Haven grassroots group is one of two citywide to win a prestigious and highly competitive urban design award that will help them transform a former drug rehab clinic into a community center.
South Bronx Unite’s proposal, titled Community Land Trust as a Model for Public Space, was selected by the Design Trust for Public Space in this year’s competition to create projects to benefit New York City neighborhoods. A key piece of South Bronx Unite’s plan calls for creating a data and mapping project to help identify the needs of Mott Haven and Melrose residents based on their location within the neighborhood. Then the group would look to create a development plan to serve those residents and advocate on their behalf when necessary, based on those findings.
Free concerts and "sound sculptures" will come to public spaces around the North Shore as part of a multi-year project to shape the way things look amid a wave of redevelopment.
Staten Island Arts, along with the Design Trust for Public Space, announced the two pilot programs as part of their "Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island's Waterfront" project that aims to create a "cultural plan" for public spaces along the North Shore.
July 2017|The Bronx Chronicle
The Design Trust for Public Space is excited to reveal the five finalists for the 2017 Call for Project Ideas, entitled Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC. The finalists, in alphabetical order, include: Community Land Trust as a Model for Public Space; Return of the Stanton Building; StalledNYC!; When the Going Gets Tough...Addressing Equity & Quality of Life in Community-Managed Public Spaces; and Yes Loitering.
July 2017|Staten Island Advance
Staten Island Arts and the Design Trust for Public Space announced two pilot projects this week for the North Shore's "underused" and "in-between" spaces.
The projects are the outcome of Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island's Waterfront, a two-year collaboration examining how cultural activities can enrich public and privately held open spaces on the North Shore. In April, a set of initial recommendations for long-term strategies for neighborhood revitalization, sustainability and equitable economic development was released.
Five finalists out of 105 initial responses emerged from the 2017 Call For Project Ideas presented by Design Trust for Public Space. This year's focus, Public For All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC. From the five finalists, two organizations were chosen, and it was South Bronx Unite and Neighborhood Plaza Program of the Horticultural Society of New York in collaboration with East Harlem’s Uptown Grand Central (NHEMA) who emerged as this year’s winners.
The wait is over! The Design Trust for Public Space revealed the winners of their citywide competition “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC”. The initiative invited everyone living in NYC's five boroughs to send research, design, and planning proposals that would provide equal access and quality public space for all New Yorkers, especially at a time when issues like aging infrastructure, a growing population, dwindling public resources, and climate change are on the rise.
July 2017|The Lo-Down
Tomorrow evening, the Design Trust for Public Space will be announcing the next projects it will be supporting. One of five finalists of this year’s call for project ideas – Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC – is located within Sara D. Roosevelt Park.
The value of urban community gardens may seem self-evident to the people who tend to and live near them; stories of improved health, strengthened social ties, and other positive effects abound. At the same time, the contemporary global city’s intersection of limited land area, fluid capital, and citizens’ diverse expectation yields the ongoing challenge of brokering compromises between different uses. As Susan Chin, Executive Director of New York non-profit Design Trust for Public Space, cautions, “despite the growing political and public support for community gardens, the real estate market will continue to pose increasing pressure – a challenge faced [by] many cities-in-demand” like New York.
After three years since our last RFP—"The Energetic City"—and four projects later, we have now unveiled "Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC," an open call for project ideas to ensure New York City’s public realm remains truly public. The Design Trust seeks innovative ideas for creating more accessible, resourceful public spaces and sustainable models for their operation and maintenance to strengthen the voice of communities and enliven neighborhoods.
May 2017|Crain's New York Business
New York surely needs a new frontier for its fashion industry to expand. The city is throwing a lifeline by offering its state-of-the-art spaces at lower rents in Sunset Park by 2020. Yet, the Garment District remains the heart of New York City fashion, the center of a complex and vulnerable ecosystem. If the Midtown protections are lifted too soon, we stand to lose the fashion ecology similar to the way "urban renewal" policies destroyed communities in the 1970s.
May 2017|The New York Times
If you could design a new public space in your neighborhood, what would it be?
(Or, if you could reinvent one that’s already there, how would you do it?)
There’s a new quest to find answers to those questions, and a call for you to share your thoughts.
The Design Trust for Public Space, the nonprofit that helped to create the High Line, has started a project called “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC” to get your ideas on how to create, or rethink, public spaces that can improve city life and better serve our community.
Cooper Hewitt has announced the winners of the 18th National Design Awards. The accolade recognizes design excellence & innovation in 11 categories, and aims to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.
This year's recipients are Hartmut Esslinger, Lifetime Achievement; Susan S. Szenasy, Director's Award; Craig L. Wilkins, Design Mind; Design Trust for Public Space, Corporate & Institutional Achievement; MASS Design Group, Architecture Design; Jennifer Morla, Communication Design; Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Fashion Design; Stamen Design, Interaction Design; Deborah Berke Partners, Interior Design; Surfacedesign, Landscape Architecture; and Joe Doucet, Product Design.
May 2017|NYCxDESIGN Blog
The Design Trust for Public Space’s Under the Elevated Phase II looks to reimagine and reclaim the neglected spaces under New York City’s elevated lines through pilot projects. This pilot phase, which began in 2015, is being facilitated by three Design Trust fellows: urban designer, Quilian Riano; lighting designer, Leni Schwendinger; and landscape architect, Tricia Martin.
We spoke with Riano, Schwendinger, and Martin about their roles in the project and working with the Design Trust.
Extensive private developments and an upcoming city rezoning for the North Shore of Staten Island have residents worried about the future look and feel of their neighborhoods.
For the last few years, local arts council Staten Island Arts has heard more and more of these concerns. So, it started a project called Future Culture, with the goal of bringing artists and residents into the conversation about development on the North Shore. In 2014, it began collaborating with the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit that seeks to transform underutilized public space in NYC.
April 2017|The Huffington Post
To understand the importance of public space and designing for inclusivity, I caught up with placemaking guru Rosamond Fletcher, the Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space. Founded in 1995, the Design Trust brings together government agencies, community groups, and private-sector experts to transform New York City’s urban landscape.
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