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Albany Hive

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

With Your Voice

Coming soon! Created by Juanli Carrión and Rodolfo Kusulas, With Your Voice will envision the major changes coming to Gowanus, Brooklyn.

Design Sprints

Leaders serving marginalized communities and design teams co-create short-term solutions for pressing neighborhood needs.

Points of Promise

Public art and design tools to support civic engagement in Gowanus amidst the neighborhood's redevelopment.

Common Build

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

Urban Room

Using our HQ as a flexible community space for friends and neighbors.

Neighborhoods Now

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

Gowanus Action

Bond Street Bash, May 12, 2022. Photo: Cameron Blaylock
Resident-led design projects in our home of Gowanus, 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.