Open House New York’s Urban Systems series explore the physical infrastructure of large-scale urban systems across multiple sites over the course of several months, making visible the critical ways in which these systems shape the city. Current and past installments include:


Throughout 2017, Getting to Zero: New York + Waste explored the physical infrastructure of the waste system of New York with a yearlong series of tours, lectures, and other public programs. The series considered how the contemporary city has been shaped over time by how we manage our garbage, by looking back at the different ways that New York has processed its garbage over the years, and looking forward to exciting new initiatives that may remake the city in the years ahead. Bringing together architects and designers, environmentalists, sanitation experts, historians, and others, the series speculated on how a radical transformation in our waste system might lead to new forms of architecture, infrastructure, and urbanism. To learn more about Getting to Zero, visit the project website at

Getting to Zero is made possible by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.




Over the course of 2015 and early 2016, The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York shed light on New York City’s dynamic and multi-layered food economy while introducing and exploring approaches to render this invisible system more tangible. For all things related to The Final Mile, including a list of upcoming programs, tour recaps and more, visit The Final Mile website

The Final Mile: Food Systems of New York is made possible with generous support from the Reba Judith Sandler Foundation.




Making it Here was an exploration of manufacturing in New York City today organized by Open House New York in partnership with New York City Economic Development Corporation in 2014. Through a series of tours, talks, and other programs, Making it Here explored manufacturing in New York City today: what it looks like, how it works, and why it is so important to the future of the city. To learn more about Making it Here, visit