Urban Design Week was a public festival created to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm, and to celebrate the streetscapes, sidewalks, and public spaces at the heart of city life. At its heart was By the City/ For the City, a crowdsourced design project that gathered more than 600 ideas for improving New York City from its citizens, and then generated more than 150 design proposals from architects, planners, artists, and urbanists around the world. Together, these ideas—from citizens and designers alike—have been gathered in An Atlas of Possibility for the Future of New York, a new publication that presents a collective portrait of how we imagine the city’s future.

The range of ideas shared through By the City/ For the City also informed much of the festival programming: workshops, round-table discussions, parties, screenings—more than 30 events in all. The Urban Design Forum worked with many of its 50+ partner organizations to connect citizens and designers to build momentum behind the best and brightest ideas for improving New York City. Urban Design Week celebrated New York’s exceptionally rich public realm, highlighting the fact that cities are made by collective effort, and