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Streets for People

May 3 – May 14, 2021
Across New York City
Research Question
Streets make up the largest network of public spaces in any city. And with 70 percent of the global population living in cities by 2050, it is imperative that these spaces be planned, designed, and implemented to be safe, healthy, useful, and sustainable for everyone. This workshop focused on three streets in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn to examine how we might shift street design parameters from the historical focus on automobile access, travel time, and flow to instead focus on access, safety, and mobility for a variety of users. Streets have always been hybrid but concerns with environmental quality, economic benefit, public health, and user experience have, in recent years, compelled revised approaches to street design and planning. This workshop introduced terms and representations of street design, examined case studies of global policies and programs, learned about metrics collection for project evaluations, and participated in workshops seeking alternatives ways of embracing life on the street.




Week 1: Research

Monday: Introduction and Opening Lecture 2 hours with 10 mins break

  • Speaker: Fabrizio Prati, NACTO, What and Why is NACTO?
  • Topic: The history of streets, background on the Global Street Design Guide, street users, and how to measure city streets.

Wednesday: Site Visit 1
Location: Broadway Corridor (from Times Sq. to Union Sq.)

  • Broadway street redesign
  • Times Square transformation
  • 14th Street Corridor
  • Janette Sadik Kahn, presentation; Kate Mckinnon, War On Cars Activity:
  • Observation and documentation of permanent network and interim street transformation
  • The street at 95 cm: using the NACTO-GDCI Streets for Kids periscope

Friday: Lecture 2
Speaker: Emily Weidenhof, NYC, Department of Transportation (TBC)

  • NYDOT work plan and methodologies
  • Open Streets, 2020 - NYDOT pandemic response
  • Interim and pop-up interventions, local and global

DIY: Walk, Ride, Cross, Run, Talk, Pause. Document street and street life near you. Good, bad, and in-between.

Week 2: Application

Monday: Deliverable Introduction and Site Visit 2

  • Topics include: metrics collection, measuring streets, gauging experience
  • Location:
    • Steinway and Broadway, Queens
    • Atlantic and Washington ave., Brooklyn
  • Activity: metrics collection on site
  • Information: NYC Open Data Map, fatalities and injuries heatmap/Queens

Wednesday: Lecture 3 and Deliverable Check-In

  • Speaker: Justin Davidson, NY Magazine and Curbed (TBC)
  • Topics include: Street life, politics, cultures
  • Reading: Justin Davidson, Magnetic City, A Walking Companion to NY, excerpts DUE: E-Book Due

Friday: Pin-up and Presentations with Outside Reviewers

The final research was published in an e-book format.

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