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.
The Design Trust is behind some of New York’s most ambitious (and, at times, controversial) projects. The nonprofit was responsible for a 2002 study that helped kick off the city’s High Line restoration. In 2015, another project looked at revitalizing spaces below elevated transportation structures. In 2016, the Design Trust partnered with the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development to release design guidelines for the (often-neglected) ground floor in mixed-use development.
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Its 2017 “Public for All” call for ideas resulted in 105 responses. The organization invited 30 proposers to submit full citywide research, design and planning proposals, and a jury chose two winners from five finalists.
The list of finalists is available here.