The Design Trust for Public Space announced the winners of The Energetic City: Connectivity in the Public Realm on July 31. The winning initiatives will develop new ways of connecting people with the natural, built, and digital environments of New York City. Each project will receive seed funding to begin immediately.
"We’re tremendously excited about the vast scale of possibilities each of the winning proposal has to offer," Susan Chin, FAIA, executive director of the Design Trust said in a statement. "They address the critical public space challenges across the city—emphasizing a broad need for public information systems, creating greater social networks and community engagement, and developing strategies for neighborhood stabilization. I’m confident that the resulting projects will become important models for urban design in cities around the globe."
The winning proposals are:
Proposal title: Design Guidelines for Neighborhood Retail
Proposer: The New York City Department of Housing, Preservation & Development (HPD)
The NYC Department of Housing, Preservation & Development will develop design guidelines to achieve successful mixed-use developments that include high-performing ground floor spaces. The resulting manual will generate immediate changes to HPD's development process for mixed-use projects
Proposal title: FMCP Creative / Reconnect the Park
Proposer: Queens Museum and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation (DPR)
The Queens Museum and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will investigate new ways of connecting public parks to communities through a pilot study that will analyze Flushing Meadows Corona Park (FMCP). Envisioned as an active learning framework for park users, the project will support community participants in developing proposals to improve FMCP’s connectivity with surrounding neighborhoods, focusing on the park entrances, wayfinding system, and new uses for the World’s Fair infrastructure.
Proposal title: Future Culture: Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront
Proposer: Staten Island Arts
Staten Island Arts seeks to establish a replicable model of inclusive development through public art to link neighborhoods, starting with Staten Island's North Shore. The project will provide planning and policy recommendations to stabilize the cultural assets of neighborhoods.
Proposal title: Opening the Edge
Proposer: Jane Greengold with the support of New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)
Brooklyn artist Jane Greengold aims to activate underused public spaces surrounding public housing developments with the residents. The project will develop new ideas and a prototype to transform inaccessible landscapes around NYCHA developments into lively places to gather for residents and visitors alike.
Susan Chin, director of Design Trust for Public Space addresses the winners and jury. Photo by William Michael Fredericks.