Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Institute for Urban Design Seeks Bronx Submissions for "By the City / For the City" Design Project

The following was received by the Institute for Urban Design. They are requesting submissions from the Bronx of sites that need "fresh design" attention. Please do review the letter sent and please do help to represent the Bronx.


Hello Gregory;

I'm writing to you on behalf of the Institute for Urban Design to introduce a crowdsourcing project we've just launched, By the City / For the City. From now through April 30, we're asking New Yorkers to tell us where the sites are in their neighborhoods that they'd like to see receive some fresh design attention. From parks and streetscapes all the way up to the city's transportation system, we want people in all five boroughs to tell us what they think needs a thorough re-imagining. Then, from May 16-June 17, we'll rally the international design community to create proposals that address the sites, situations, and trends that New Yorkers are most interested in!

In September, we'll be publishing all of these proposals in an Atlas of Possibility for the future of New York, which will serve as the foundation for our first-ever Urban Design Week festival, which is scheduled for September 15-20, 2011.

We'd like to get a really wide range of ideas submitted during the first phase, spread out in every neighborhood across the five boroughs, and we're hoping that you'll be willing to help us get the word out up in the Bronx. It's a fun and easy way for people to share their ideas for building a better New York and actually see their suggestions lead to some creative and exciting proposals. Please let me know if you're interested in learning more about the project, or if you post about BtCFtC on the BoogieDowner. as we're always happy to cross-promote. Thanks for reading, and I hope to hear from you soon!


Brendan Crain
Program Coordinator
Institute for Urban Design
17 West 17th Street, 7th floor
New York, NY 10011

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