April 13, 2011

“By the City / For the City” Needs Your Ideas!

By the City / For the City is an opportunity for New Yorkers to tell designers what sites and characteristics of their neighborhood, borough—or even the entire city—have unrealized potential or need a thorough re-imagining. From April 11–30, New Yorkers can visit the Urban Design Week website to fill out a simple questionnaire to nominate an untapped opportunity somewhere in the five boroughs.  The IfUD will then compile and analyze the public submissions and present them to the design community.

From May 16 through June 17, architects, planners, and designers will be enlisted to develop proposals that address these myriad sites and situations. A jury of distinguished architects and urbanists, including IfUD board members Michael Sorkin and Winka Dubbeldam, will review designers’ proposals and highlight exemplary ideas for the future of the city. The results will be compiled to create a publication and exhibition, By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York.

“By the City / For the City offers a unique opportunity for designers to respond directly to community needs and sentiments and for members of New York’s communities to see their visions and desires quickly find form.  We hope the process can become a vital part of an ongoing effort to raise expectations and enrich the conversation about our city’s form,” says Michael Sorkin, Chair of IfUD’s Board.