Does your neighborhood need a facelift?
Does that empty lot on the street corner need some fresh design attention?
What sites in your borough have unrealized potential or need a thorough re-imagining?
Want to give your input and help to create a better New York?
Well, you can. From now through April 30, the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) will turn to the New Yorkers to reframe the debate about the future of the cityʼs public spaces. By the City / For the City (BtCFtC) is an innovative two-part open call for ideas that asks New Yorkers where they see potential for improvement in the cityʼs physical fabric. Nominate an untapped opportunity somewhere in the five boroughs today.
Then IfUD will ask the international design community to respond to the challenges set forth by the public. Together, ideas from citizens and designers alike will represent an atlas of possibility for the cityʼs future, which will provide the foundation for the first-ever Urban Design Week from September 15–20.
We'd like to get a wide range of ideas submitted, spread out in every neighborhood across the five boroughs.
For more information, contact Brendan Crain at IfUD at 212-366-0780 or email@example.com.
Ok folks, I asked whether this applied to private spaces as well as public spaces, and I was told both. So, send them your thoughts or leave your suggestions below and I will submit them to the organizers. Abandoned lots that could become community gardens or parks, strips of concrete that should be prettied up, etc. You know your neighborhoods best.