Trust by Design was a virtual fundraising campaign geared towards introspective dialogue on the future of NYC's public space. Coinciding with the 25th anniversary of Design Trust for Public Space, the campaign brought together experts from the Private and Public sector, active network of Design Trust Fellows and Partners in a campaign for healthy, equitable, and resilient shared spaces in our city.
Trust by Design: A Campaign for NYC’s Public Space (TxD) was a 3-month virtual fundraising initiative geared towards introspective dialogue on the future of NYC's public space. Coinciding with the Design Trust’s 25th anniversary, the campaign spotlighted the importance of public space in New York City and envisioned its future by advancing conversations across sectors.
In Summer 2020, the Design Trust for Public Space launched the TxD initiative to raise awareness for the role of public space in creating a healthy, equitable, and resilient city as it adapts to the post-COVID environment. The campaigned envisioned the future of public space by advancing new conversations across sectors and civic and municipal agencies. The initiative convened leaders of the public space movement through a range of digital programs, and blog posts by past fellows investigating the far-reaching impact of shared, civic spaces.
TxD programs advanced a number of key goals in support of public space:
1) awareness of public space as a driver of health and racial equity,
2) equal access to quality public space, and
3) public space in service to long-term recovery and resilience.
The digital program included:
PUBLIC SPACE FORUMS
This series of digital events convened leaders from NYC and beyond to hold conversations around topics ranging from the role of public space as a driver of a healthy, equitable, and resilient NYC, climate adaptation for waterfront communities, and how NYC can imagine creative approaches to new public spaces. These events were moderated by Design Trust for Public Space's Executive Director, Matthew Clarke.
Kate Orff, Founder and Principle of SCAPE
Mitchell Silver, Commissioner of NYC Department of Parks and Recreation
Chantel Rush, Kresge Foundation
FIVE BOROUGH FARM VIDEO SERIES
Coinciding with Design Trust for Public Space's 25th anniversary, we're sharing five exciting stories about how current and past Design Trust projects have acted as a catalyst for change across the five boroughs.
Five Borough Farm (2009) offered a roadmap to farmers and gardeners, City officials and stakeholders to understand and weigh the benefits of urban agriculture, and make a compelling case for increasing resources—from soil and compost to growing space to funding—to grow urban agriculture throughout the five boroughs of New York City. View Here
Future Culture (2014) began as a partnership when Staten Island Arts with the Design Trust to create a replicable model of inclusive development using public art to link the cultural assets in Staten Island's North Shore neighborhoods. Two Future Culture pilot projects were launched in 2018 - an interactive sculpture series, Sonic Gates, and a free concert series, Court Yard Fridays. The projects allowed residents to explore how public spaces could create a more connected and engaged North Shore. View Here.View Here
In 2013, Design Trust for Public Space partnered with the NYC Department of Transportation on the Under the Elevated project, to transform neglected public space under the city's elevated bridges, highways, subway and rail lines, into valuable community assets. With community-led design, the Design Trust, DOT, and RISE piloted a new model of public space at Beach 60th Street under the A train, creating a new amenity and growing neighborhood leadership. View Here
Time Square (2003-2004) For this project the Design Trust held a series of intensive workshops that explored a range of possible improvements to the streets, sidewalks, and public spaces in Times Square to make the "crossroads of the world" more pedestrian-friendly. The workshops' findings were synthesized into a pedestrian-mobility plan, "Problems & Possibilities" that guided the transformation of Times Square from a congested and poorly designed public space into a pedestrian-friendly streetscape. View Here.
Brooklyn Public Library (1996) was led by co-founders Andrea Woodner and Claire Weisz and was Design Trust for Public Space's inaugural project. The project focused on creating design guidelines to transform Brooklyn's historic libraries. The project paired the Brooklyn Public Library, and the then newly-formed Department of Design and Construction to develop recommendations to promote design excellence in renovation, restoration, and new construction projects. View Here.
INSTAGRAM LIVE CONVERSATION SERIES
As part of the Trust by Design campaign, Design Trust Board Members conducted a series of conversations about the intersection of public space and cities. Participants included Setha Lowe, Adam Gopnik, Todd Palmer, Sloan Leo, Mari Nakano, and Sue Donoghue.
Trust by Design is about sparking a dialogue between the public and thought leaders on why public space is fundamental to building and sustaining communities that are safe, inclusive, and dynamic
The Design Trust for Public Space announces the launch of a new, three-month initiative dedicated to raising awareness for the role of public space in creating a healthy, equitable, and resilient city