PROJECTS

Design Trust creates research, design and planning projects that positively impact public space in New York City. Read more about what we do.




Under the Elevated

Creating strategies for new dynamic public spaces below elevated transit infrastructure
2013 Photo Urbanism
The 2013 Photo Urbanism Fellow will focus on "life under and around elevated infrastructure in New York City"
Five Borough Farm: Ph II

Building the capacity, capital and political will to strengthen urban agriculture in NYC
Making Midtown
(2011-12)

Generated a bold new vision for a 21st century Garment District with design & manufacturing at is core
Taxi of Tomorrow (2008-12)spacer
Jumpstarted the creation of New York City's first purpose-built taxi
Photo Urbanism: From Roof to Table (2011-12)spacer
A comprehensive photo essay of all forms of urban agricultural activity across the five boroughs
Under the Elevated
Creating strategies for new dynamic public spaces below elevated transit infrastructure

2013 Photo Urbanism: Call for Submissions
Open call to NYC-based photographers to focus on "life around elevated infrastructure"

Five Borough Farm: Phase II
Building the capacity, capital and political will to strengthen urban agriculture in NYC

Photo Urbanism: From Roof to Table (2011-12)
Created a comprehensive photo essay of all forms of urban agricultural activity across the five boroughs

Making Midtown (2011-12)Generated a bold new vision for how NYC can create a Garment District for the 21st century that has fashion design & manufacturing at is core

Five Borough Farm (2009-12)
Developed policy recommendations and metrics tools to strengthen urban agricultural activity in NYC

Photo Urbanism 5: Same Time Every Day (2009-11)
Revealed moments of grace by documenting five distinct locations at the same time, every day

Park Design for the 21st Century (2008-11) | Created a set of sustainable guidelines for New York City's 29,000 acres of parkland

Made in Midtown (2009-10)
Created an open-ended, independent study of the value of the Garment District to the fashion industry and to the city as a whole

Intersections: Grand Concourse Beyond 100 (2008-10) | Envisioned the future of the Bronx and its grandest boulevard

Reinventing Grand Army Plaza (2008-10) | Generated new visions to transform this majestic Brooklyn crossroads
Photo Urbanism 4: Out My Window (2007-08) | Depicted the evolving New York City landscape from the windows of private homes

Taxi 07 (2006-10) | Activated innovation in New York City's taxi system through a large-scale public exhibition and a 10-year strategic plan

Photo Urbanism 3: Jamaica Bay (2006-7) | Documented the communities and natural beauty of Jamaica Bay

Designing the Taxi (2005-6)
Rethought New York City's moveable public space on the eve of its centennial

Sustainable New York City (2005-6) | Made the case for environmental sustainability in everyday municipal operations

Photo Urbanism 2: The Bridge Project (2004) | Documented the impact of bridges on neighborhood life

Greening Infrastructure in the Public Right-of-Way (2003-6)
Set new standards for environmental responsibility in street construction

Long Island City: Connecting the Arts (2003-6) | Created an identity for a vibrant arts and industrial community

Times Square: Streetscape Improvement (2003-4)
| Made the "crossroads of the world" pedestrian-friendly

Photo Urbanism 1: The Edge of New York (2002-3)
| Archived the transforming waterfront

Reconstruction Report (2002)
Captured a public record of the lower Manhattan rebuilding effort

Thresholds of Eibs Pond Park 2 (2002) | Created a prototype for ecological restoration through park design

Reclaiming the High Line (1999-2002) | Produced the feasibility study that jumpstarted the High Line's conversion from derelict railway to open space
Thresholds of Eibs Pond Park 1 (2001) | Engaged the community in ecological restoration

Achieving a Balance: Housing and Open Space in Bronx Community Board 3 (1999-2000) | Met the parallel needs for housing and open space in the Bronx

Hell's Kitchen South: Developing Strategies (1999-2002) | Envisioned community-based development for Manhattan's Far West Side

Implementing the High Performance Building Guidelines (1999-2002) Analyzed New York City's green building efforts

Intermodal Transfer at East 125th Street (1999)
Imagined better transit connections for Harlem

High Performance Building Guidelines  (1998-9) | Set the standard for environmental responsibility in the public realm

Designing for Children in Community Gardens  (1997)
Tested remarkable ideas for innovative play spaces

Uneasy Spaces: A Photo Survey of Security in the Public Realm  (1997) | Examined security in the public realm through photography

Designing for Security: Design Guidelines for the Art Commission of New York City (1997-2002) | Investigated how public art and smart design can enhance public safety

Diego Beekman Houses Design Workshop: Improving the Quality of Life through Design (1996) | Recommended solutions for community-based public housing in the Bronx

Brooklyn Public Library Design Guidelines (1995-6) | Outlined innovative design principles for Brooklyn's new and historic libraries

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