The Design Trust Council is a leadership circle of executives, urbanists, civic leaders, and designers that provides critical support for unlocking the potential of NYC's public spaces. See the current list of members >
Founded in 2001, our Photo Urbanism program offers fellowships to local photographers to create a new body of work illuminating the public spaces of NYC.
The first Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Len Jenshel and Diane Cook for their project, "The Edge of New York," where they documented 600 miles of New York City waterfront. Learn more about this program.
The second Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Jonathan Smith for "The Bridge Project," a series that captured the city's bridges, highways, walkways and overpasses. Learn more about this program.
The third Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Travis Roozée for his project, "Portrait of Jamaica Bay," which told the story of a distinctive but little-known part of New York City. Learn more about this program.
The fourth Photo Urbanism fellowship was awarded to Gail Albert Halaban for her project, "Out My Window," where she focused on the views that shape New Yorkers' everyday lives. Learn more about this program.
The fifth Photo Urbanism Fellowship was awarded to Kramer O’Neill for his project, "Same Time Every Day," where he photographed five distinct locations throughout New York City at the same time, every day. Learn more about this program.
Free and open to all, our popular Public Space Potlucks gather urban enthusiasts of all ages and backgrounds together for a shared meal, temporarily transforming New York City’s public space into a communal dining room.
From time to time, the Design Trust undertakes special projects that come to us outside of our regular RFP process and tend to be short-term initiatives.
In 2013, the Times Square Alliance invited the Design Trust for Public Space to select eight firms to design an interactive, heart-themed public space intervention to engage the nearly 500,000 daily visitors to Times Square. Learn more about this program.