Streets for Culture

Join us for a roundtable discussion on shaping future streets for culture with Hatuey Ramos-Fermín, Jennifer Nitzky, Elena Ketelsen González, and Streets Ahead Culture Working Group members.

As New Yorkers took to the streets to clap, sing, dance, and protest in the summer of 2020, we saw more than ever that culture connects us, builds safety, and fosters empathy. We also witnessed how streets can serve as new cultural spaces, demonstrated by the creative reclamation of street space for Black Lives Matter murals in Bed Stuy, theater and dance in the Lower East Side, and outdoor live music in the Meatpacking District.

To launch Urban Design Forum’s forthcoming platform of ideas Five Visions for New York City Streets, we will hear bold new proposals from Streets Ahead’s Culture Working Group members Hatuey Ramos-Fermín and Jennifer Nitzky, along with MoMA PS1’s Elena Ketelsen González. 

Gather with Fellows to discuss: How can we reimagine cultural expression and creative activation to more permanently live in the fabric of our streets?

About the Streets Ahead Roundtables

Streets for Culture is the first of five roundtable events, tied to the launch of Five Visions for New York City Streets. Last fall, the Forum launched Streets Ahead, a year-long effort advancing ideas and proposals to envision a more vibrant, equitable streetscape. Over the past year, the Forum has hosted field studies, local dialogues, and international exchanges to catalyze new ideas for New York’s streets. 

Five Working Groups of experts in design, government, policy, and advocacy convened to envision bold new possibilities for New York’s streets by 2030 through the lenses of Commerce, Culture, Climate, Care, and Continuity. With the upcoming launch of Five Visions for New York City Streets, Urban Design Forum will work with city leaders to shape streets that serve New Yorkers for generations to come.

Guest Policy

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversations between invited civic leaders, designers, developers, and advocates. The Streets Ahead Roundtable series is open to Forum Fellows and invited guests.



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