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Design competition encourages New Yorkers to redesign public spaces

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Got an idea to make the city’s public spaces better for everyone? Now is your time to have it heard

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New York City may seem like it’s bursting at the seams when it comes to new projects and developments but in reality, there are still many underutilized spaces to be found. The Design Trust for Public Space has announced a new open call for project ideas to rethink how public spaces are planned and used.

The open call, called Public for All: Rethinking Shared Space in NYC, encourages individuals, groups, and even city agencies to submit ideas for both site-specific and city-wide public spaces that address core questions like how the city can ensure access to public spaces for all and create designs that better serve the public.

Those interested in pitching an idea must first submit a short expression of interest online by June 6, followed by a full proposal due June 20. An independent jury will choose up to two proposals in mid-July to be developed and executed with the Design Trust.

The Design Trust for Public Space is responsible in part for getting projects like the High Line off the ground and have produced 29 projects in its 22-year span.

Full guidelines and application can be found here.