Urban Design Week: That’s a Wrap!


We’re pleased to report that the first-ever Urban Design Week festival was a huge success! More than 3,500 people attended almost 40 events over the course of six days–526 showed up for the opening party alone, where we launched the new publication By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. You can now purchase copies of the Atlas online.

Word about the festival traveled quickly around the world in early September thanks to early articles in Domus, ArchDaily, Time Out NY, New York Magazine, GOOD, and Abitare, as well as a radio spot on WNYC Culture and a small screen appearance on WNET’s MetroFocus. Urban Omnibus ran an in-depth interview with Executive Director Anne Guiney on the day before the UDW Launch Party. During the festival, reports from outlets like The Atlantic, Treehugger, and FastCo Design kept public interest high.

A hearty THANK YOU from all of us here at the Institute to everyone who participated: attendees, partners, sponsors, volunteers, city officials–the list goes on. We’re thrilled to have had you involved, and we look forward to seeing you next year!

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