Public Works

Public Works sparks conversations with civic leaders on built environment initiatives shaping the public good.


Public Works is a new discussion series to drive civic dialogue around new and forthcoming built environment projects in New York City. Throughout the year, we invite government officials and private sector leaders to present design and development initiatives that shape the public good.  Our goal is to create an open and collegial venue for deeper conversation between the public sector and our network of civic leaders building, caring for, and maintaining our city.

Call For Ideas

We want to hear from you. 

We welcome your ideas for our winter and spring 2024 programming. Our team is eager to take on critical issues around housing affordability, climate adaptation, conversions, and community and economic development.

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Join us for a tour of Abolitionist Place with Mary Margaret Jones, Sheila Lin, and Regina Myer.
Join us for a tour of the newly transformed Domino Sugar Refinery with Ruchika Modi and Lisa Switkin.
Join us for a breakfast presentation on the development of Willets Point with Andrew Kimball.
Join us for a breakfast roundtable on the MTA’s 20-Year Needs Assessment with Jamie Torres-Springer.
Join us to discuss how the City is cutting red tape for office-to-housing conversions with Robert Holbrook and Doug Rose.
Join us for a breakfast conversation on the City’s proposed zoning text amendment with Dan Garodnick.
Join us for a breakfast conversation on the Public Housing Preservation Trust with Andrew Kaplan. 
How can we provide waterfront access and park space to the public while protecting communities from future flooding?
Join us for a tour of the new Make the Road community center with Andrea Steele Architects and Silman.
How can mixed-use developments address climate change while supporting housing needs?
How can new waterfront access meet ecological needs and community priorities?
How can innovative coastline corridors address the need for public space and coastal resiliency?
Join us for a half-day forum to explore recent progress and lessons learned from the Gowanus rezoning. 
How will implementation of the city’s strategic climate plan ensure equitable development over the next decade?
What role can play spaces have in both environmental education and building resiliency in the face of climate change?
Cars in traffic line an elevated segment of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) in Brooklyn Heights, New York City.
How will deeper community partnerships and innovative design shape healthier, more connected neighborhoods around the BQE?
A rendering of the renovated Broadway theater at 1568 Broadway, in New York City
The Palace Theater, an interior landmark since 1987, is undergoing restoration to include new front-of-house space, accessible circulation, and expanded back-of-house space.
A photo of several brown, urban residential buildings in New York City.
Join us on 2/28 for breakfast and conversation on Governor Hochul’s New York Housing Compact with Annemarie Gray, Barika Williams, and James Lloyd. 
Join us on 1/19 for breakfast and conversation on the “New” New York Panel recommendations with Julie Stein.
On January 23 join us for a tour of the reimagined Rockefeller Center.

Support Our Work

Public Works is made possible through the support of our Board of Directors, Director’s Circle, Company Members, Global Circle, and our Campaign for Courageous Leadership, as well as from individual members through membership dues.

Urban Design Forum programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

To learn more about supporting Public Works, please contact Miranda Bellizia, Director of Member Engagement,


A special thanks to the Public Works Program Committee for advising in the development of the series. The committee was chaired by Beatrice Sibblies, and included Margaret Newman, Timur Galen, Meredith Kane, Luke Martinek, Teresa Gonzalez, Gonzalo Cruz, Jack Robbins, AJ Pires, Annemarie Gray, May Yu, Caroline Harris and Jacqui Williams.