From video-enabled visual interpretation to 3D audio effects, smartphone wayfinding apps have a lot to offer Blind users. But these new features are no substitute for public infrastructure — digital or otherwise — that accounts for nonvisual navigation of the built environment.
Composer and acoustician Anne Guthrie explores our fraught relationship with urban sounds and takes us on twelve sonic explorations of the city.
Casita Maria’s Elaine Delgado and Christine Licata describe the sites, markers, and programs of the South Bronx Culture Trail and pay homage to the area's exceptional cultural history.
Singer-songwriter and composer Gabriel Kahane describes the way architecture, literature, and historical research inform his compositions and why he's drawn to storytelling tied to place.
As the massive Flea Market in the north parking lot of the Aqueduct Racetrack in Queens closed for the season, there is considerable doubt as to whether it will ever re-open.
How do you involve people in a community engagement process when there is no defined community? Leslie Koch, president of GIPEC, tells us how she did it on Governors Island.
Samir Shah recaps “Innovation and the American Metropolis” and calls for a broad and values-based vision to guide design and planning's use of technology.
Mapping Main Street heads to Flushing for audio-video explorations of Main St. produced by neighborhood students, providing a local snapshot of the nation-wide project.
Rachel Abrams breaks down the actors, information and knowledge behind the routine experience of taking a NYC taxi, and explains how design thinking can benefit urban systems.
Nicole Salazar talks to Adam Friedman, former executive director of NYIRN, about the importance of the manufacturing industry in New York.
Vishaan Chakrabarti walks through one of the city's favorite spaces. His reflections range from design details to regional economics to the relationship between infrastructure and density.
Regional Plan Association President Bob Yaro reflects on the transformation of Midtown West, focusing on three pivotal sites: Penn Station, Hudson Yards, and the Javits Center.
A look at the 2008 ideas competition launched by the Design Trust for Public Space and the Grand Army Plaza Coalition to generate new visions for New York’s “greatest unrealized asset.”