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Design Sprints

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

Neighborhoods Now: Asian Americans for Equality and Think!Chinatown

Expanding the Chinatown Night Market through a redesign and new community outreach.

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation

Launched in 2014, the Flatiron Public Plaza Holiday Installation was a platform for the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership and Van Alen Institute (VAI) to bring people together and support inventive visions for an iconic urban plaza.


November 22, 2021–January 2, 2022
Inspired by New York's tapestry of cultures and people, Interwoven by Atelier Cho Thompson celebrates the joys of reconnecting in public space.

Point of Action

November 23, 2020–January 1, 2021
Point of Action by Studio Cooke John considers how public space can develop bonds and networks that help our city heal and thrive.

Neighborhoods Now: Cooper Square Committee

An office retrofit to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for staff and clients.

Neighborhoods Now: FABnyc

Strengthening sites for cultural activity and planning new sites and platforms.

Neighborhoods Now: Community League of the Heights

Conducting a needs assessment of businesses to help create a thriving and vibrant commercial corridor.


November 18, 2019–January 1, 2020
Ziggy is a kaleidoscopic beacon for the people of New York. Ziggy celebrated the holiday season with vibrant hues and playful gestures. Composed of painted rebar and 27,000 feet of iridescent cord, this lightweight structure dynamically filtered its surroundings with shifting patterns, color, and light. Its winding form framed views of the Flatiron District’s many attractions and landmarks, while also serving as seating for locals and visitors seeking a moment of respite.


November 19, 2018–January 1, 2019
Happy is both a figure and a place. A series of softly shaped and richly colored screens drape down from an open frame to inscribe a more intimate collective space and provide an analog filter to see the city in a different light. In our otherwise bleak social and political context, this architectural installation aspires to carve a small yet more positive urban space: It seeks to offer a warm embrace during the cold winter months.