Projects

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Projects

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Placemaking Evaluation Fellowship

The Van Alen Placemaking Evaluation Fellowship provides hands-on experience evaluating the power of design to bring life to public spaces.

Neighborhoods Now

Long-term, community-led pandemic recovery across four boroughs in NYC.


GLOwanus

A light installation to inform Gowanus residents about water quality in the neighborhood.
Brooklyn

Lucid Project: Albany

A community-led redesign of a public alley in Albany, NY.
Albany

Public Realm R&D

Surfacing the work of emerging designers and tests new strategies to bring people together in public space.

Neighborhood Design Fellowship: Gowanus

Gowanus residents work toward the future they imagine for their community.
Brooklyn

Van Alen Council Trips

The Van Alen Council is a invitation-only community of leading systems-thinkers spanning the design professions.

Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge

An international design competition that sparked a new public conversation about New York City’s infrastructure.
Brooklyn

BetterBin Litter Basket Design Competition

Together with the New York City Department of Sanitation (DSNY), the Industrial Designers Society of America (ISDA), and the American Institute of Architects New York (AIANY), we invited interdisciplinary industrial design teams to reimagine the iconic New York City litter basket.