May 2017|Crain's New York Business
New York surely needs a new frontier for its fashion industry to expand. The city is throwing a lifeline by offering its state-of-the-art spaces at lower rents in Sunset Park by 2020. Yet, the Garment District remains the heart of New York City fashion, the center of a complex and vulnerable ecosystem. If the Midtown protections are lifted too soon, we stand to lose the fashion ecology similar to the way "urban renewal" policies destroyed communities in the 1970s.
Cooper Hewitt has announced the winners of the 18th National Design Awards. The accolade recognizes design excellence & innovation in 11 categories, and aims to promote design as a vital humanistic tool in shaping the world.
This year's recipients are Hartmut Esslinger, Lifetime Achievement; Susan S. Szenasy, Director's Award; Craig L. Wilkins, Design Mind; Design Trust for Public Space, Corporate & Institutional Achievement; MASS Design Group, Architecture Design; Jennifer Morla, Communication Design; Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Fashion Design; Stamen Design, Interaction Design; Deborah Berke Partners, Interior Design; Surfacedesign, Landscape Architecture; and Joe Doucet, Product Design.
May 2017|The New York Times
If you could design a new public space in your neighborhood, what would it be?
(Or, if you could reinvent one that’s already there, how would you do it?)
There’s a new quest to find answers to those questions, and a call for you to share your thoughts.
The Design Trust for Public Space, the nonprofit that helped to create the High Line, has started a project called “Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC” to get your ideas on how to create, or rethink, public spaces that can improve city life and better serve our community.
May 2017|NYCxDESIGN Blog
The Design Trust for Public Space’s Under the Elevated Phase II looks to reimagine and reclaim the neglected spaces under New York City’s elevated lines through pilot projects. This pilot phase, which began in 2015, is being facilitated by three Design Trust fellows: urban designer, Quilian Riano; lighting designer, Leni Schwendinger; and landscape architect, Tricia Martin.
We spoke with Riano, Schwendinger, and Martin about their roles in the project and working with the Design Trust.
May 2017|Curbed New York
The Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit advocate for good public design that serves communities, is partnering with Staten Island Arts on an initiative to create a cultural plan, with a focus on amping up walkability and creating wayfinding signage, to activate the area’s public space. The project is currently soliciting proposals for pilot projects that will create a more connected North Shore.
April 2017|Curbed New York
New York City may seem like it’s bursting at the seams when it comes to new projects and developments but in reality, there are still many underutilized spaces to be found. The Design Trust for Public Space has announced a new open call for project ideas to rethink how public spaces are planned and used.
Extensive private developments and an upcoming city rezoning for the North Shore of Staten Island have residents worried about the future look and feel of their neighborhoods.
For the last few years, local arts council Staten Island Arts has heard more and more of these concerns. So, it started a project called Future Culture, with the goal of bringing artists and residents into the conversation about development on the North Shore. In 2014, it began collaborating with the Design Trust for Public Space, a nonprofit that seeks to transform underutilized public space in NYC.
April 2017|The Huffington Post
To understand the importance of public space and designing for inclusivity, I caught up with placemaking guru Rosamond Fletcher, the Director of Programs at the Design Trust for Public Space. Founded in 1995, the Design Trust brings together government agencies, community groups, and private-sector experts to transform New York City’s urban landscape.
The design profession is growing more comfortable discussing issues like equity and social justice, but figuring out how to move from ideal to action can be difficult. Creating a more diverse workforce is a critical step. New York–based nonprofit Design Trust for Public Space recently launched a fellowship program to help do just this, providing recent college graduates from historically underrepresented groups the opportunity to spend a year building relationships with design professionals, city agencies, and community members alike.
I spoke with Jourdan Sayers to learn more about his experience as the organization’s first Equitable Public Space Fellow.
March 2017|Crain's New York Business
Each year thousands of students graduate from colleges such as the Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design, and more than three-quarters of them remain in the city to work in the industry or start companies of their own, according to Susan Chin, executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space. That vitality helps drive the semiannual Fashion Week events, which solidify the city's status as a cutting-edge clothing capital and help explain why 40% of all U.S. fashion designers are based in the city.
"It's really about having this incredible research and development hub," said Chin, who added that tinkering with the creative engine could undercut the whole enterprise. "The Garment District is the heart of the fashion industry."
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