Past Events


Public Presentations

Equitable Public Space Fellowship Virtual Info Session

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 12:00 – 1:00 PM

On Wednesday, April 15th from 12:00- 1:00 PM EST, Design Trust will be hosting a virtual info session for all prospective applicants, including a quick overview of the Fellowship, eligibility and application process, followed by a Q&A  on everything from the Design Trust projects, to what to expect from this year-long fellowship. 

To join the session, RSVP to along with any questions you might have. 


Public Presentations

New York City Public Space Presentation by Samira Behrooz

Friday, April 03, 2020 @ 12:00 – 2:00 PM

The Public Space Research Group (PSRG) was founded in 1995 by Professor Setha Low and doctoral students at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), within the Center for Human Environments. In this Zoom webinar, Design Trust's Director of Programs, Samira Behrooz will talk about the organization's unique model, including few current and completed projects followed by a discussion. Join us to learn more about the Design Trust’s work and discuss how iterative engagement and cross-sector partnership could lead to systemic change.

Public Presentations

Download the El-Space Toolkit

Tuesday, February 04, 2020 @ 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Join Design Trust for Public Space and the NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) to celebrate the launch of the El-Space Toolkit. The 11 case studies across North America featured in the Toolkit demonstrate approaches to various typologies of el-space from linear pathways to crossings to commercial corridors or market spaces, highlighting the range of potential of el-space from enhanced infrastructure to destination parks to trails. Download toolkit 

Design Trust Council

Hard-hat tour of Moynihan Train Hall

Wednesday, December 04, 2019 @ 2:00 – 4:00 PM

Join the Design Trust Council on a behind-the-scenes tour of Moynihan Train Hall. Now in the final stage of construction, the project has transformed the historic James A. Farley Post Office into a new concourse for Penn Station, NYC's busiest transit hub. 

Annual Benefit

2019 Annual Benefit

Tuesday, November 05, 2019 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM

On November 5th enjoy breathtaking views, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, connecting with your friends and colleagues and celebrate our 2019 Public Space Honorees:

  • Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer, for her enduring and inspirational leadership.

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Design Trust Council

Explore the Vessel at Hudson Yards

Thursday, September 12, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Join the Design Trust Council on a tour of the Vessel, a newly launched interactive art piece imagined by Heatherwick Studio. In addition to exploring the new public space, we will consider how New Yorkers' reception of this project may impact the future of public space in NYC. 


Public Space Potluck

First Avenue Water Plaza

Thursday, August 22, 2019 @ 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join the Design Trust and SCAPE studio along with public space enthusiasts for a communal potluck on Thursday, August 22, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, at the First Avenue Water Plaza.


Public Space Potluck

Public Space Potluck at Herbert Von King Park

Thursday, August 08, 2019 @ 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Join the Design Trust and public space enthusiasts on Thursday, August 8, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, at the historic Herbert Von King Park, in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to celebrate places that bring communities together. 

Exhibits, Tours & Conversations

Discover El-Space 2.0

Thursday, May 16, 2019 @ 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Join the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Department of Transportation for a conversation and tour to discover El-Space, the first comprehensive approach in the nation to create a more hospitable pedestrian experience, greater environmental resilience, and enhanced lighting beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation infrastructure citywide.

Design Trust Council

Tour of Domino Park and Refinery Building

Wednesday, May 08, 2019 @ 5:30 – 7:00 PM

Members of the Design Trust Council are invited to explore Brooklyn's transformational industrial waterfront park. Tour this 5-acre park built on the site of the former Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg, NY. 

Design Trust Council

Tour of the Iconic Ford Foundation Building

Tuesday, March 19, 2019 @ 5:00 – 6:30 PM

We invite the Design Trust Council members to join us for a tour of this midtown landmark, led by William J. Higgins of Higgins, Quasebarth & Partners, the preservation consultants for the recent $205 million renovation by Gensler.

Design Trust Council

Future of NYC Fashion: Studio Tour + Talk with Yeohlee Teng & Mary Ping

Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 6:00 – 8:00 PM

We invite the Design Trust Council members to join us for a tour and talk on the future of the Garment District and NYC's evolving fashion industry with designers Yeohlee Teng and Mary Ping, moderated by Susan Chin.