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Street Activation: Learning from Streetscapes for Wellness

How can we reshape streetscapes to improve quality of place in our city?
Streets make up over a quarter of New York City’s land area, serving as public corridors that define how we navigate and experience the city. Given their significance in our city’s landscape, it’s no wonder that the design of streetscapes has a tangible and measurable impact on the well-being of New Yorkers. How can the city improve streetscape design to enhance our physical, mental, community, and environmental health? Designing New York: Streetscapes for Wellness, recently published by a coalition of city agencies and arts & design organizations, examines local and global projects that aim to reimagine streets and promote public health.
Join OHNY, in partnership with the New York City Public Design Commission (PDC), for our inaugural Public Policy Talk focusing on Designing New York: Streetscapes for WellnessSreoshy Banerjea, PDC’s Executive Director, Commissioner Sue Donoghue of NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, and Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez of NYC Department of Transportation will convene to discuss how this remarkable publication can guide their decision-making and priority setting for new projects at their respective agencies. These policymakers will be joined by many of the thought leaders who contributed to this remarkable resource.
Speakers include:
Sreoshy Banerjea, Executive Director, NYC PDC
Commissioner Sue Donoghue, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Neil Gagliardi, Director of Urban Design, NYC Department of Transportation
Erick Gregory, Chief Urban Designer, NYC Department of City Planning
Joshua Langham, Acting Director – Active Design, NYC Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
Deborah Marton, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute & PDC Commissioner
Jenna E. Miller, Deputy Director – Urban Design & Policy, NYC PDC
Jennifer Nitzky, Trustee, American Society of Landscape Architects NY
Nancy Prince, Chief of Landscape Architecture, NYC Department of Parks & Recreation
Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez, NYC Department of Transportation
Cassim Shepard (Moderator), Distinguished Lecturer at CCNY Spitzer School of Architecture
AIA CES credit (2 LU | HSW) is available for this program.
Wednesday, May 3, 2023 | 5:00pm – 7:30pm
SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Public Policy Talks explore new and evolving public policies impacting quality of place in New York for broad general audiences. This event is presented in partnership with the Public Design Commission and made possible through funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation.


May 03 2023


5:00 pm - 7:30 pm


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SVA Theatre
333 W. 23rd Street New York, NY 10011


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