March 24, 2021

NYCxDESIGN Launches Design Competition to Reinvigorate Public Spaces in the City

Pier 35 at the Lower Manhattan waterfront. Photography courtesy of SHoP Architects.

Aligned with its plans to energize the city’s design scene after a tumultuous year, NYCxDESIGN recently announced a new competition, IMPACTxDESIGN, in partnership with Caesarstone and the Design Trust for Public Space. The program invites designers to flex their creativity in envisioning installations that will foster public engagement in Dumbo, Brooklyn, and downtown Manhattan using Caesarstone’s quartz as the primary material. 

“Public space is one of New York’s most important assets. How we design, imagine, and create these areas will impact New Yorkers for generations. That’s why the Design Trust for Public Space is so excited to partner with our long-time friends at NYCxDESIGN to launch IMPACTxDESIGN,” notes Matthew Clarke, executive director of the Design Trust for Public Space. “This partnership is just beginning and we’re looking forward to future projects with NYCxDESIGN to bring great public design to more communities across the five boroughs.”

Submissions are open through April 8 and winning designers will be announced in May. The two winners will be awarded $10,000 each and will work closely with NYCxDESIGN, Caesarstone, the Design Trust for Public Space, Dumbo Improvement District, and Downtown Alliance to construct their installations. An unveiling will be held this fall leading up to the NYCxDESIGN Festival, which is scheduled to take place November 11-18. 

“With our design passion and expertise, Caesarstone is honored to partner with NYCxDESIGN to help amplify the local talent and businesses through the IMPACTxDESIGN program,” says Elizabeth Margles, vice president of marketing at Caesarstone North America. “We are confident the program participants will create inspiring spaces with our beautiful and durable materials that will allow people to enjoy their surroundings and shared experiences.”

To submit proposals for IMPACTxDESIGN, open now through April 8, and learn more about the competition, go here.  

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