Past Events


Public Space Potluck

Public Space Potluck at Uptown Grand Central Plaza

Wednesday, September 06, 2023 @ 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Gather with public space lovers for a community potluck under the Metro North Station in Harlem!

Exhibits, Tours & Conversations

Book Talk: Why Public Space Matters to New York

Tuesday, September 05, 2023 @ 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us for a discussion with Setha Low on her new book, "Why Public Space Matters," in conversation with Ya-Ting Liu, Matthew Clarke, and Quilian Riano.



TURNOUT NYC: Silent Disco + Portrait Series

Saturday, August 19, 2023 @ 3:00 PM – Saturday, September 02, 2023 @ 6:00 PM

The Turnout NYC stage is back in Harlem! The 2nd Annual Learn to Love Yourself: Silent Disco & Portrait Series returns for three Saturdays August 19th, August 26th, and September 2nd


Public Space Potluck

Public Space Potluck at Gotham Park

Wednesday, July 12, 2023 @ 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Gather with public space lovers for a community potluck and a firsthand look at the new Gotham Park (formerly Brooklyn Bridge Manhattan!)


Exhibits, Tours & Conversations

3 Lots: Photo Exhibit On View Through July

Thursday, June 29, 2023 @ 6:00 PM – Friday, July 28, 2023 @ 5:00 PM

Free public event with our Photo Urbanism program to celebrate a new photo exhibition at the Brooklyn Public Library New Lots Branch, exploring vacant lots in East New York.

Annual Benefit

2023 Benefit For Public Space

Wednesday, June 14, 2023 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM

Join us as we celebrate Design Trust’s visionary work transforming New York City’s public spaces! Each year, our Annual Benefit honors innovative leaders who are instrumental in the positive transformation of the city’s shared landscape.


The Restorative City: Designing New York City with Health at the Center

Thursday, May 11, 2023 @ 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

A one-day convening that will bring together urban planners, city officials, neighborhood advocates, and public health experts to center health equity in the design and planning of New York City. Watch the recording here.


Workshops & Forums

Neighborhood Narratives Youth Photography Workshop

Saturday, March 04, 2023 @ 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Our Photo Urbanism program is hosting a youth photography workshop for ages 15-24 years with the Museum of the City of New York and NeON Photography. Sign up by March 3rd!


Public Presentations

Turnout NYC Panel: Building New Public Spaces for Artists

Wednesday, November 30, 2022 @ 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join us at the Center for Architecture to learn more to learn more about leveraging public space to create equitable local arts access across the five boroughs.


Exhibits, Tours & Conversations

WATCH Public Sanctuaries Panel on the Black Church as Public Space

Friday, September 09, 2022

Public Sanctuaries: A Case For Redefining the Black Church as Public Space is presented by the Design Trust in partnership with Bricks and Mortals




p(art)y! An Opening the Edge Community Art Party

Thursday, August 04, 2022 @ 4:00 – 6:00 PM

A day of community art making, food, and music at the Lilian Wald Houses in the Lower East Side


Public Presentations

Storytime @ Watkins Public Space

Thursday, July 21, 2022 @ 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Join us for a story time with Danielle Fairbairn-Bland, author of “Nia’s Summer Vacation in the Caribbean,” a children’s book about family, and culture.