NYC Public Space (POPS) Logo Design


Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space
The New York City Department of City Planning
The Municipal Art Society of New York
Type: open, two-stage, international
Fee: None
The Competition is open to any individual, group of individuals, or legal entity worldwide.
15 March 2019 – Submission deadline
A payment of $2,000 will be provided to each Awardee. The Awardee that created the logo chosen as the official New York City POPS logo will receive an additional $2,000 payment.

– Jerold S. Kayden, Professor of Urban Planning and Design at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design
– Glen Cummings, Creative Director, MTWTF
– Katherine Farley, MArch, Harvard GSD
– Elizabeth Goldstein, President, Municipal Art Society of New York
– Marisa Lago, Director, NYC Department of City Planning
– Kim Mathews, FASLA, RLA
– Justin Barrett Moore, Executive Director, NYC Public Design Commission
Design Challenge:
Since 1961, New York City has offered floor area bonuses and other zoning incentives to private developers of office and residential buildings to encourage them to provide the more than 550 POPS that are scattered about the city, especially in the borough of Manhattan and increasingly in Brooklyn and Queens. Combined, the city’s POPS provide nearly 3.8 million square feet of additional public space – equivalent to nine Bryant Parks, 24 Union Squares, or 10% of Central Park. Each POPS has a distinct identity shaped by its design, location, applicable legal requirements, owner and manager, and users.

For POPS to be well used by the public, it is imperative that residents, workers, and visitors know which spaces are indeed POPS and what amenities are required. For example, during what hours is a space required to be open? Must it provide amenities such as seating, landscaping, water fountains, bathrooms, or bike racks? If members of the public have a question about the space, whom should they contact? The New York City Zoning Resolution, from 1975 onward, has obliged almost all POPS owners to post signage on-site, identifying the space as a POPS and specifying required hours of access and amenities. Signage must also include information about who owns and manages the space and to whom a complaint may be submitted.
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