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Parks Without Borders Summit

Ideas for the Next Generation of Urban Parks and Public Space

On Tuesday, May 24, with the Center for New York City Affairs and the Tishman Environment and Design Center at The New School, we brought together thought leaders from a range of disciplines to envision the future of parks and public space. 

The summit included the announcement of eight parks selected to showcase the Parks Without Borders design approach, as well as the introduction of the Soofa bench, a solar-powered, web-enabled piece of park furniture of the future. 

Watch Videos from the Parks Without Borders Summit

Watch archived video from the Parks Without Borders Summit.

Download Presentations

Download the Parks Without Borders Agenda for the schedule and a full list of speakers. Or, download one of the day's presentations below:

Keynote Speeches

Public Realm Highlights

Connecting Parks to Community Health and Equity

The Role of Parks in a Resilient City

Enhancing Park Experience through Creative Play

Smart Space: Data and Technology in Urban Experience Design

Parks and Public Space in the Equitable City

Art Without Borders: A Sense of Place through Art

Greenprints: Mapping Open Space Potential

Innovation in Our Backyards: Crowd-resourcing as a Tool for Deep Community Engagement

A New Parks Paradigm: Design Innovation for Civic Spaces

Nature’s Benefits: Climate Protection, Ecosystem Health, Landscape Connectivity, and Inspiration

Public Programs at NYC Parks: Engagement, Activation, Education

Join the Conversation

Share your thoughts and ideas on social media channels using the hashtag #PWBNYC!

The summit was planned by NYC Parks and The New School, and is presented by The J.M. Kaplan Fund and by The JPB Foundation, with additional support from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation, Citi, the Mayor’s Fund for New York City, and AT&T.

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