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Beyond Granite

A two-year project to bring new temporary commemorative works to the National Mall and Washington, DC.
Washington DC

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.

Lucid Project: Albany

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

Umbrella Project


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.

Umbrella Project


Public Realm R&D

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

Neighborhoods Now: Asian Americans for Equality and Think!Chinatown

Leroy Street Studio, di Domenico + Partners, and Buro Happold have partnered with Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) and Think!Chinatown to develop a proposal to adapt Forsyth Plaza into an open-air market supporting local Chinatown businesses and cultural groups.

Neighborhoods Now: Cooper Square Committee

CSC worked with Curtis + Ginsberg Architects (C+GA) to carry out several retrofits to their office on East 4th Street in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19 for their staff and clients, including improved ventilation and safer physical barriers between staff and the public.

Neighborhoods Now: 82nd Street Partnership

ARO, Design Advocates, LTL, MOS, nARCHITECTS, SO-IL, and VHB collaborated with Jackson Heights' 82nd Street Partnership. Together, they helped over 20 restaurants participate in the city’s Open Restaurants program, and are continuing to support the neighborhood through exploration of new public plaza designs and usage of the Street Seats program. They are also looking toward the future with a pandemic-era reinvention of the beloved annual Viva La Comida festival.

Neighborhoods Now: Fourth Arts Block

DLR Group, Buro Happold, Francis Cauffman Architects, Henning Larsen, Marvel, and SHoP worked with 13 of FABnyc’s member organizations to develop reopening strategies tailored to needs of smaller performing arts and culture organizations, including ways to participate in New York City’s Open Culture program.