Photo: © Krisanne Johnson for the Design Trust for Public Space. Life Along the Elevated

Join us for a conversation and tour to discover El-Space, a design experiment to create a more hospitable pedestrian experience, greater environmental resiliency, and enhanced lighting underneath the hundreds of miles of elevated highways, subway lines, and bridges in New York City. This effort is a major City initiative as part of the OneNYC Plan.

The panel conversation will take place at Industry City, followed by a tour of the pilot installation next to Industry, below the Gowanus Expressway at 36th Street and 3rd Avenue in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The panel will include experts and practitioners from different cities across North America, such as Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Mexico City, Miami, and Toronto, who are innovating ways to reclaim aging elevated infrastructure and spaces beneath — or 'el-space'. The conversation will span urban and spatial design strategies, community engagement, and programming.

Under the Elevated/El-Space, a two-phase project of Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), is the first major research, design, and planning initiative to document and analyze the vast network of space beneath New York City’s elevated transportation structure, and to make recommendations for their improvement as a public asset. Design Trust and DOT are now piloting the project recommendations to improve lighting, pedestrian circulation, vehicular operations, infrastructure sustainability and environmental management at these sites throughout the city, and developing a toolkit to advance more sustainable, healthier, and safer ‘el-spaces’ in New York City and urban areas across North America.

This event is part of NYCxDESIGN 2018, New York City's annual celebration of design. The sixth edition of the program will include hundreds of events throughout the five boroughs from May 11-23, 2018.

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Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 6:30 – 8:30 PM


Industry City


  • 220 36th Street
    Brooklyn, NY 11232