Hillary Brown, Architecture Fellow

Steven Caputo, Urban Design Fellow

Kerry Carnahan, New York City Department of Design and Construction

Signe Nielsen, Signe Nielsen Landscape Architects

Text Contributors

Jason Bregman, Margie Ruddick Landscape Architects

Stephen Campbell, Sustainable Design Fellow

Bram Gunther, New York City Department of Parks and Recreation

Zydnia Nazario, New York City Department of Design and Construction



Canadian National Guide to Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure

Technical Editor

Adrian Tuluca, Steven Winter Associates

Peer Reviewers

John Amatruda, Steven Winter Associates

W. Jose Higgins, Steven Winter Associates

Vineeta Pal, Steven Winter Associates


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Design Trust for Public Space

New York City Department of Design and Construction

Produced in partnership with the New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC), this detailed handbook describes practices for creating sustainable city streets, sidewalks, utilities, and urban landscaping. Although the primary audience for the publication is the NYC Department of Design and Construction, the Guidelines are also a resource for planners, designers, engineers, public officials and anyone else involved in constructing, operating or maintaining the right-of-way. 

"Much of our Street Design Manual was directly inspired and informed by the High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines, itself an indispensable reference on designing and building streets intelligently." 
- New York City Department of Transportation, 2013

The best practices outlined in the High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines address air-quality improvement, mitigation of the urban heat island effect, noise pollution, hydrologic disruption from development, ecological and vegetation health, and overall health and quality-of-life opportunities, as well as life-cycle cost effectiveness.

Part 1 focuses on the overall benefits and precedents for building high-performance infrastructure. 

Part 2 describes the current process in the City of New York and outlines near- and long-term performance objectives.

Part 3 specifies best practices (BMPs) for sustainable construction in the public right-of-way. Topics include:

  • Site assessment
  • Streetscape
  • Pavement
  • Utility
  • Stormwater Management
  • Landscape
  • Construction Practices

Table of Contents

Design Trust for Public Space Preface
Department of Design & Construction Preface

Part One: Achieving High Performance
Part Two: City Process
Part Three: Best Practices

Appendix: Gateway Estates Case Study
Illustration Credits

Publication Information

Date: October 2005

Pages: 228

ISBN: 978-0-971-6942-7-9

Design by: Kristin Barnes Design

Status: Out of print; available as a PDF 

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