Advocates for excellence in the urban environment

Reshaping Streetscapes

2018 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, November 13, 2018
6:30 p.m.
New York Foundation for the Arts
20 Jay Street, Suite 740
Brooklyn, NY 11201

On the occasion of its 2018 Annual Meeting, The Fine Arts Federation of New York, in collaboration with the New York City Public Design Commission, explored strategies to promote design excellence for one of the most unruly areas of the public realm: sidewalks and streets.

Famous as the stage for New York’s sidewalk ballet, today our streetscapes host a proliferation of urban infrastructure: bioswales, wi-fi kiosks, security barricades, pop-up cafes, bike-share stations, sundry street furniture, public art, and more. Can this cacophony of uses in the public right-of-way be reimagined through smart and sensitive streetscape design? A multidisciplinary panel explored the challenges and opportunities our streetscapes represent to advance health, safety, resilience, and civic life.

Presenters included:

Neil Gagliardi, Director of Urban Design, New York City Department of Transportation
John Massengale, Urban Designer and Author, Street Design: The Secret to Great Cities and Towns
Regina Myer, President, Downtown Brooklyn Partnership

Members of the New York City Public Design Commission served as respondents:

Signe Nielsen, PDC Landscape Architect and Founding Principal, MNLA
Ethel Sheffer, PDC Mayor’s Representative and Principal, Insight Associates
Shin-pei Tsay, PDC Lay Member and Executive Director, Gehl Institute

Moderated by:

Justin Garrett Moore, Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission

Generously hosted by the New York Foundation for the Arts.