Barbara Wilks, principal at W, is on the board of directors at the Design Trust for Public Space. She will be serving on the advisory committee for a new request for proposals (RFP) just released by the Trust. Every three years, the Design Trust launches an RFP which solicits ideas to realize projects that address a key public space concern in New York City. Organized around a central theme, each RFP cycle is grounded by extensive community outreach and engagement, ensuring an alignment with community needs and interests. Over the course of its 25-year history, the Design Trust has completed 32 projects across the five boroughs, impacting thousands of New Yorkers.
This cycle, the Design Trust RFP—The Restorative City—is dedicated to exploring how public space and the built environment can be used as a tool to advance health equity, a concept which means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. Using our unique problem-seeking, and power-sharing model of project delivery, The Restorative City will support projects that seek to influence public policy, design practice, or development decisions and bring about powerful, city-wide changes and address the following key goals:.
- Demonstrate the impact of the built environment and design on public health
- Elevate health equity as a priority for public policy and design
- Empower communities, especially those that have been historically disenfranchised by public policy, to become active participants in this process
We invite New York City community groups, non-profits, design firms, advocates, activists, public agencies, and individuals across the five boroughs to submit proposals for research, design, and planning projects to unlock the potential of NYC’s shared spaces in ways that can improve health outcomes for everyone, but especially for communities who have been historically marginalized or under resourced.
Projects may be site-specific but must have the potential to change the way we develop and manage public space citywide and or influence the way we practice design. An independent jury will choose between two to four proposals to become Design Trust projects.
See full instructions on how to apply here. The Design Trust will also be hosting several workshops and conversations on the Restorative City, you can learn more about those events here and here.
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