Creating 3,000 more places to go can be transformative for people's dignity and the quality of the public realm. But actually implementing a citywide restroom network requires solutions that address each neighborhood's specific needs.
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At a West Village Co-Op, the resident manager gets the building — and its residents — ready for rising waters and new climate mandates.
Herbs and berries are free for the picking along the Bronx River Foodway. But the public place for foraging is also a pathway to stronger connections with local ecologies and community self-determination.
As faith-based institutions struggle with a litany of real estate woes, the non-profit Bricks and Mortals is here to help find theologically-sound solutions.
Navigating multiple identities, homes, and professional cultures, where can Black urbanists locate an authentic, creative practice?
Where can queer and trans community flourish, if not at Riis Beach? Yet current plans for its future don't account for the people it has sustained for decades.
Historic injustice and the traumas of the pandemic have had profound impacts on New Yorkers' mental health. What kind of spaces and policies can support wellbeing where it's hardest to find?
Workers at Bernheimer Architecture share how and why they organized their union, and how friends and colleagues can build collective power, too.
On the voids storms and plans leave behind, and what we do with them.
Facing both urgent land use challenges and growing skepticism of public processes, a new unit for community planning is finding creative ways to engage people in shaping their neighborhoods and the city as a whole.
As redevelopment and electrification push them into the realm of history, unexpected social patterns still reveal themselves at the pumps.
For artists and audiences with disabilities, traditional theater spaces can present significant barriers. A new production by Ryan Haddad seeks to build access into the show’s design.
A harm reduction collective works to meet people who use drugs "where they're at," not just metaphorically, but geographically.
The esthetics of the public sector workplace are mundane, comical, absurd, and constantly navigating the tensions of liberal democracy.
New projects are bringing more people and attention to the Rockaway Peninsula, but ten years after Hurricane Sandy, the work of building resilient infrastructure remains woefully incomplete.
At the annual Anti-Prom, queer and trans teens refashion the New York Public Library’s marble-lioned flagship into a kinder, gentler world.
A long-term, community-based project brings critical knowledge about risks of contamination and engages local industries as partners in preparedness in the wake of Sandy. But extreme weather is not the only threat to vulnerable businesses.
A bygone experiment in community-focused mental healthcare — rooted in Harlem and the life experiences of its Black population — still holds valuable lessons for making “the good life,” and good feelings, truly accessible to all.
A 1.3-mile-long pedestrian promenade in Queens is a lodestar for planners, a lifeline for many residents, and an albatross to others.
Meet the 2022 fellows in a program to empower new and diverse voices to challenge the ways we understand, design, and develop our cities.