Samira Behrooz, Rosamond Fletcher, Media Editor: Marquise Williams, Toolkit Design: Neil Donnelly Studio 

Contributors: Eduarda Aun de Azevedo Nascimento, Samira Behrooz, Susan Chin, Rosamond Fletcher, Wendy Feuer, Neil Gagliardi, Betsy Jacobson, Nicholas Pettinati, Jake Shaw, Christina Yoo

Featured Projects Participants

Dan Adams, Founding Principal, Landing Studio

Meg Daly, Founder, Friends of The Underline

Asali DeVan Ecclesiastes, Director, Strategic Neighborhood Development, New Orleans Business Alliance

Vivian Garcia, Manager of The 606, Chicago Park District

Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder, Hood Design Studio

Adam Nicklin, Principal and Co-Founder, PUBLIC WORK

Caroline OBoyle, Director of Programs and Partnerships for The 606, The Trust for Public Land

Stacy Patton, Real Estate and Asset Management Director, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Nyree A. Ramsey, Director, Cultural Innovation District, Foundation for Louisiana/Ujamaa Economic Development Corporation

Roberto Remes Tello de Meneses, General Coordinator, Public Space Authority of Mexico City

Marc Ryan, Principal and Co-Founder, PUBLIC WORK

Deborah Weintraub, AIA, Chief Deputy City Engineer, Bureau of Engineering, City of Los Angeles

Jessica Smith, Communications & Community Engagement Manager, 11th Street Bridge Park


The El-Space Toolkit is a publication of the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with the NYC Department of Transportation 

The El-Space forum and Toolkit are supported in part by an award  from the National Endowment for the Arts and public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Since 2013, NYC Department of Transportation (NYC DOT) and the Design Trust for Public Space have partnered on the Under the Elevated / El-Space initiative, a multi-phase project to reclaim and regenerate spaces beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation, along with other public agencies, community organizations, and design professionals in New York City. 

The El-Space Toolkit features 21 topical case studies from 11 cities across North America that demonstrate approaches to various typologies of el-space, including linear pathways, crossings, and commercial corridors/market spaces. The Toolkit highlights the range of potential of el-space, from enhanced infrastructure to destination parks and trails. The toolkit also covers the lifecycle of developing and implementing el-space projects, highlighting lessons learned for this emerging field from pilot sites in New York city, with exemplary practices and considerations on how to improve el-space conditions. The toolkit launch is a culmination of the second phase of this partnership which began with the Under the Elevated project in 2013.

The El-Space Toolkit epitomizes how Design Trust’s 25-year commitment to partnership-based urban design continues to foment creative and essential thinking about New York City’s public spaces. We are delighted to launch this Toolkit as a guide to reimagining spaces under elevated transportation infrastructure.”

Leslie Griesbach Schultz, Interim Executive Director of the Design Trust for Public Space

Associated Press

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Samira Behrooz introducing the El-Space Toolkit at the Center for Architecture on February 4, 2020

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New York City Department of Transportation

Associated Fellows