Friday, June 17, 2011

Institute of Urban Design For the City / By the City Design Competition

For any urban design junkies or anyone who believes they have design ideas that can make NYC a better place, please review the following press release sent by the Institute of Urban Design. Besides announcing their new jury addition to the "By the City / For the City” design competition, the press release also discusses how you can submit your design ideas for the competition.

Hopefully someone in our borough will submit a winning design to improve our beautiful borough or city. Also provided below and on the web site listed, is information about upcoming Urban Design Week beginning on September 15th 2011.

Congratulations to Ms. Janette Sadike-Kahn and her appointment as a juror.


Institute for Urban Design welcomes the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation to the panel of jurors for its By the City / For the City design competition.

WHAT: The IfUD is thrilled to announce the addition of Janette Sadik-Kahn to the jury for the By the City / For the City design competition. Ms. Sadik-Kahn will join Kate Ascher, Barry Bergdoll, Ned Cramer, Toni L. Griffin, Thom Mayne, Denise Scott Brown, and Claire Weisz in evaluating competition entries based on how they address five conditions: accessibility, beauty, connectivity, enjoyment, and social equity.

WHO: Janette Sadik-Khan has served as the Commissioner of the NYC Department of Transportation since her appointment by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in April of 2007. Beginning with Sustainable Streets, DOT’s first strategic plan published in 2008, Sadik-Khan has implemented a series of innovative projects: the creation of Broadway Boulevard, the installation of 18 plazas, the addition of more than 250 miles of on-street bike lanes, and a new Street Design Manual requiring higher quality street designs for New York City. Sadik-Khan is President of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), Chair of the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Committee on Transportation Issues in Major U.S. Cities, and was appointed to the Energy Secretary’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Advisory Committee (ERAC).

WHY: The By the City / For the City design competition is the centerpiece of Urban Design Week, a new public festival created to celebrate the streets, sidewalks, and public spaces at the heart of city life. The competition is an open call for designers, architects, and urbanists to create proposals to address one or more of the 500+ ideas that New Yorkers shared for improving their city earlier this spring. The results will be shared in An Atlas of Opportunity for the Future of New York.

WHERE: Designers can learn more about the competition, including submission requirements, jury bios, and registration information, at

WHEN: Competition entries may be submitted up until midnight on Thursday, July 14th, 2011. The jury will select ten exemplary proposals, one in each of the five boroughs and five more at their discretion, which will be announced at the opening event of Urban Design Week on Thursday, September 15th, 2011.

About the IfUDThe Institute for Urban Design is dedicated to expanding the public dialogue about urban planning, development, and design. Since its founding in 1979, the Institute has served as an important platform for debate among architects, planners, policy-makers, developers, academics, journalists, and urbanists. We operate as a think tank and advocacy group, drawing on the collected experience and knowledge of our international membership to bring pressing urban design issues into wider public debate.

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