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Placemaking Evaluation Fellowship

Providing hands-on experience evaluating the power of design to bring life to public spaces.

COMMON GROUND

An interactive public pavilion by artist Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, with lighting design by Arup.
Brooklyn

Neighborhoods Now

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

Neighborhoods Now: Asian Americans for Equality and Think!Chinatown

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

Drive-Thru

A reconfigurable outdoor theater, Drive-Thru by Soft-Firm features videos and performances by Brooklyn artists, filmmakers, and cultural organizations.
Brooklyn

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.
Manhattan

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

Neighborhood Design Fellowship: Gowanus

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

Breathing Pavilion

Breathing Pavilion by Ekene Ijeoma created a public space of reprieve during this time of intense hardship and loss.
Brooklyn

Van Alen Council Trips

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