Water as Memorial

Catherine Betances | March 25, 2022

Photo description: Southward view from the boardwalk of Domino Park. The sun sets as it illuminates the silhouette of downtown Manhattan, Brooklyn, the Williamsburg Bridge, and the beautiful East River.

The Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program supports the next generation of urban designers, architects, landscape architects, and planners in contributing to complex public space challenges in our global city. Fellows have the opportunity to have a real impact on New York City’s public spaces through Design Trust projects, gaining public exposure and cross-sector experience. Below is a blog post written by our current EPS Fellow Catherine Betances reflecting on their independent research around Afrofuturism, memory, and waterways.

Program Update

Empowered X Design

January 13, 2022

Call for Fellows

Turnout NYC Call for Fellows

January 5, 2022

We believe arts organizations and artists in historically marginalized and underinvested neighborhoods are critical anchors in the city’s recovery and long-term health. Turnout NYC prioritizes these anchors and the audiences they serve. 

Program Update

Photo Urbanism Showcased in Times Square

Journee Harris | December 23, 2021


Design Trust Fellows Forum Mini-Grant Winners!

December 14, 2021

Employment Opportunity

We're hiring! Administrative Manager

December 1, 2021

Design Trust for Public Space is a nonprofit organization which brings together city agencies, community organizations and private sector experts to make a lasting impact on how New Yorkers live, work and play.

Our current and upcoming: RFP: The Restorative City, a call for projects dedicated to exploring how public space and the built environment can advance health equity; Opening the Edge, a resident-led process to design a new public space at the Lillian Wald Houses; Neighborhood Commons, working with NYC Small Business Services to provide place-based organizations and small businesses the tools to recover as key community anchors; Turn Out NYC, a project increasing access to arts and culture in public spaces across the city, in partnership with SITU and the Mellon Foundation; and Alfresco NYC, a multi-stage, coalition-led effort to define the future of outdoor dining for New York City.


Get to Know the Design Trust Team!

Claire Mondry | November 23, 2021

Event Recap

Inaugural Youth Photography Workshop with MCNY

Journee Harris | November 8, 2021

Event Recap

Congratulations to our RFP Winners!

Catherine Betances | September 28, 2021

Event Recap

Lighting the Edge

Elana Ehrenberg | July 21, 2021

Call for Fellows

Apply for 2021-2022 Equitable Public Space Fellowship

Elana Ehrenberg | May 28, 2021

Program Update

Beyond Translation: Building Power through Culture, Heritage & Language

Jasmin Tepale | May 3, 2021

Program Update

Announcing The Restorative City: Building Community Wellness through Public Space

Elana Ehrenberg | April 20, 2021

Project Update

Introducing our Photo Urbanism Fellow

Elana Ehrenberg | March 31, 2021

Program Update

Youth Move: A Right to the City

Kimberly Mota | February 19, 2021

Call for Fellows

Call for Photo Urbanism Fellow

Elana Ehrenberg | January 29, 2021

The Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS), is now accepting submissions from photographers for the Neighborhood Commons Photo Urbanism Fellowship to focus on capturing the stories and culture of commercial corridors and small businesses. The application deadline is February 28, 2021.

Call for Fellows

Neighborhood Commons Call for Fellows

November 18, 2020

Design Trust for Public Space and the New York City Department of Small Business Services (SBS) have partnered to launch Neighborhood Commons: Plazas, Sidewalks & Beyond, a project that will explore opportunities to improve the current model of public space governance and programming. Working with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Community Based Organizations (CBOs), and local businesses, Design Trust and SBS will leverage public space initiatives surrounding commercial corridors to support local economies, develop representative place-based governance models for NYC streets as public space, and produce a guide of better practices for both the City’s and community partners’ stewardship of public spaces, grounded in dignity, inclusion, and neighborhood context, and responsive to the surrounding community’s aspirations, preferences, and needs.


TxD: Public Space and Public Places: Resilient by Definition

August 31, 2020


TxD: Tactical Urban Greenway Networks: A New Street Code For Recovery and Resiliency

August 31, 2020


TxD: Creating Community Focused Parks

August 6, 2020