This spring, the Institute for Urban Design asked New Yorkers how they thought the city’s public realm could be improved, and they responded with more than 500 ideas across the five boroughs.

Now it’s your turn: We’re asking architects, designers, artists, and urbanists to respond to the challenge! From now through July 14th, you can visit the By the City / For the City website, define your site based on what you find most interesting from New Yorkers’ ideas, and then develop a brief proposal. Nothing too technical—our goal is to find great ideas that can capture the public imagination and start conversations, so even a single rendering qualifies. And, since we’re going to publish as many of the entries in An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, we recommend keeping it light!

After submissions are in, the IfUD will convene a jury to select ten projects to receive $500 prizes: one for each borough, and five at the judges’ discretion. Together, all of these ideas will form a collective portrait of how we imagine the future, and will be the subject of an exhibition at the heart of the first-ever Urban Design Week festival in New York City this September 15-20. Don’t wait — get started on your proposal today at!

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