Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Our book, By the City/For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York is almost sold out on Amazon. Published in conjunction with Urban Design Week 2011, By the City/For the City is a 352-page compendium of the schemes and dreams of hundreds of New Yorkers and designers for how to improve the city’s public realm.

Planetizen named it one of the Top 10 Books of 2012, commenting “The Institute for Urban Design has done a wonderful job of presenting these out-of-the-box ideas in a way that can inspire tactical urbanists and professional planners to think differently.”

Get your copy here.

Gift Idea: Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

It’s the holiday season, and we’ve got the perfect gift for students, employees, friends, family–anyone in your life who’s interested in urban design: By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. The Institute’s most recent publication made Planetizen’s yearly list of the Top 10 books on urban planning, design, and development (along with Ken Greenberg’s Walking Home and Board President Michael Sorkin’s All Over the Map). Copies can be purchased online right here

By the City / For the City @ Van Alen Books

Friday, September 23rd, 2011

Next Wednesday, September 28th, we’ll be at Van Alen Books (30 W. 22nd Street) to talk about By the City / For the City: An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, our newest publication (available for purchase here). The talk, presented as part of VAB’s weekly Brown Bag Reading Series, will take place from 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm. We hope that you can make it! Bring yourself, your lunch, and some thought-provoking questions, and we’ll see you there.

Urban Design Week: That’s a Wrap!

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

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!

Opening & Closing Events of Urban Design Week Announced!

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

With the full schedule set to come online next week, we’re excited to share news about the opening and closing events of the IfUD’s first-ever Urban Design Week festival, to be held in New York City next month. On Thursday, September 15th, we’ll kick things off with a party and announcement of the winners of the By the City / For the City design competition at the BMW Guggenheim Lab, the mobile urban laboratory (pictured at left) that’s just opened on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Then, after a week of events celebrating the city’s public realm, we’ll close on Tuesday, September 20th with the US premiere of Helvetica and Objectified director Gary Hustwit’s new documentary Urbanized. Tickets are limited, so get yours today if you plan to attend!

By the City / For the City: LAST WEEKEND!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

There are just a few days left until the July 31st deadline for the IfUD’s By the City / For the City design competition! Don’t miss this opportunity to have our top-notch jury review your design ideas and have your work featured in An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York. The Atlas will be discussed and celebrated across New York City during Urban Design Week, from September 15-20, 2011. Don’t waste this last weekend–register now and get to work!

Weisz Joins Board of Directors

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

We are pleased to announce that Claire Weisz, a longtime Fellow of the Institute, has joined the organization’s Board of Directors. Claire was instrumental in the development of the concept for By the City / For the City, and will also serve on the competition jury next month. Welcome, Claire!

By the City / For the City: Deadline Extended to July 31st!

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Over the past few weeks, with the deadline for the IfUD’s By the City / For the City design ideas competition drawing closer, we have been contacted by many planners, artists, and architects about entering, but for whom early July is a particularly busy time. As a result, we have decided to extend the deadline to July 31st, 2011, to give everyone working on entries some breathing room!

Our goal in creating By the City / For the City is to reflect the incredible range of ideas, skills, and efforts that go into shaping public space, and so we will document it all in An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, a book whose contents are being created by the hundreds of people who have participated in the process at each stage.

Ultimately, the decision to extend the competition deadline is rooted in our desire to give designers more time to visit the website, choose a challenge somewhere in the five boroughs that represents an opportunity where design could bring transformative change, and create a brief proposal that gives visual form to those ideas. All entries will be published in the Atlas and celebrated at the first-ever Urban Design Week festival in New York this September 15-20.

While the deadline has been extended, we strongly encourage designers and artists who plan to enter the competition to register by July 24th so that we can better plan for the printing of the Atlas in time for UDW. Anyone with questions about the competition can contact us at Good luck to all who enter!

By the City / For the City: ONE WEEK LEFT!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

Use this weekend wisely — entries to the By the City / For the City design competition are due by midnight a week from today on Thursday, July 14. If you still haven’t had time to select a site from the 550 ideas New Yorkers shared during our crowdsourcing phase this spring, we’d recommend checking out our blog, which features posts that take a deeper look into some specific ideas. You can register here; we look forward to seeing what you come up with for New York City’s future!

I Want My IfUD-TV!

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Executive Director Anne Guiney was recently interviewed by Brian Lehrer about By the City / For the City design competition–don’t miss the clip (pictured at left). Meanwhile, LandmarksWest talked to Richard Dattner about adventure playgrounds, Ken Fisher interviewed NYC Comptroller John Liu, and Board Member Thom Mayne took an Architectural Record camera crew on a tour of his San Francisco Federal Building.