Projects

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Flatiron Public Plaza Design Competition 2021

Inspired by New York's tapestry of cultures and people, Interwoven by Atelier Cho Thompson celebrates the joys of reconnecting in public space.
Manhattan

Lucid Project: Albany

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

Umbrella Project

Ongoing

Neighborhoods Now

In collaboration with the Urban Design Forum, Neighborhoods Now connects neighborhoods hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with leading design firms.

Neighborhood Design Fellowship: Gowanus

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

Umbrella Project

Ongoing

Public Realm R&D

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

Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge

Van Alen Institute launched Reimagining Brooklyn Bridge, an international design competition that aims to spark 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.

Van Alen Council Trips

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

Keeping Current

Designing ways to adapt to sea level rise in Greater Miami.
Miami

Van Alen Sessions

A documentary series highlighting current debates about infrastructure.
Miami