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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

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2019

Ziggy is a kaleidoscopic beacon for the people of New York. On view November 18, 2019–January 1, 2020, 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.
Manhattan

Van Alen Report 20: Healthy Brains, Healthy Cities

With VAR 20, we explore the often hidden connection between mental health and urban environments.

Van Alen Report

Van Alen Report gathers expert perspectives on subjects that are redefining society’s relationship to cities.

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2018

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.
Manhattan

Emergency Contact: New Ideas for Neighborhood Mental Health Centers

Emergency Contact was a one-day flash competition that challenges interdisciplinary teams to design practical solutions for affordable, replicable neighborhood mental health treatment centers to efficiently put patients in contact with treatment.

Flatiron Public Plaza Design Installation 2017

Flatiron Reflection, by architecture and design firm Future Expansion, opened to the public on Monday, November 20, on the North Flatiron Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, and remained on view through the holidays as part of the Partnership’s “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming.
Manhattan

Van Alen Report 19: America’s Infrastructure

For the first Van Alen Report in twelve years, we examine the dire condition of America’s infrastructure. Experts from various disciplines participate in a sweeping exploration of how leaders may repair the nation’s infrastructure in ways that support better and more just outcomes for all.

Opportunity Space Festival

More than a million refugees and migrants entered Europe in 2015, highlighting one of the toughest challenges that cities around the world will face for decades to come: In an era of great uncertainty, how and where can people find opportunity?