People Interact

Blog about people-centered design by Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.

Urban Design Week 2011

Urban Design Week 2011

Look out NYC, it’s Urban Design Week!

Urban Design Week is a new public festival created to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm, and to celebrate the streetscapes, sidewalks, and public spaces at the heart of city life. Through an open-call ideas competition and a rich roster of discussions, tours, screenings, workshops, and events across the five boroughs, UDW will highlight the fact that cities are made by collective effort, and that each of us can play a part.

Check out 150 proposals that reimagine the future of New York City’s public spaces, streetscapes and sidewalks.



Although it wasn’t one of the 10 winners, my personal favorite is the Pop-Up NY concept by a group from the Netherlands.  The Pop-Up is furniture that can be cranked up out of the pavement for easy seating then pumped back down when not needed.


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