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Fine Arts Federation: Streetscapes for Wellness


Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EST
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 2:30 pm EST


Start: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm EST
End: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @ 2:30 pm EST

This program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Please register here.

Streetscapes have long helped define the public life of New York City, a crossroads of culture and commerce where the city comes together. Yet amid today’s global pandemic, our streets, sidewalks, and adjacent public spaces have emerged as critical spaces that promote physical and mental health, social cohesion, and community resilience. A surge of new uses—from outdoor dining and shopping to yoga, dancing, and more—are spurring fresh thinking about how sidewalks and roadways can advance community wellness while enhancing mobility, social infrastructure, and environmental health.

On the occasion of its 2020 Annual Meeting, The Fine Arts Federation of New York, in collaboration with the New York City Public Design Commission, present a cross-disciplinary conversation exploring how creative new uses of streets and public spaces can shape a more livable and equitable New York City. 


Joshua Langham, Assistant Director of the Active Design Program, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Deborah Marton, Executive Director, Van Alen Institute, and Lay Member, New York City Public Design Commission
Delma Palma, Community Design Architect, New York City Housing Authority
Karen A. Phillips, Managing Director, Phillips Davis Legacy Consultants

Following brief presentations from panelists, a moderated conversation and Q&A will be visually captured in a live drawing by Zara Fina Stasi, artist and founder of NYC-based creative studio Good for the Bees.

This program will inform the ongoing research and publication initiative Designing New York, currently focused on innovative approaches to streetscape design. Previous research in this series, led by the Public Design Commission in collaboration with the Fine Arts Federation and other cross-sector partners, resulted in the 2018 publication Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing, which explored ways that affordable housing design can enhance the public realm and positively impact New Yorkers’ health, safety, and well-being.


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