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Entries are now being accepted for By the City / For the City, a two-phase design competition for New York City designers, architects, planners, and students, that focuses on improving life in Gotham. Presented by the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD), the program is part of Urban Design Week, which will run from September 15-20 as the culmination of By the City / For the City. During the competition’s recent first phase, New York residents and visitors suggested improvements to public spaces across each of New York’s five boroughs. The submissions ranged from the fantastical– “wouldn’t it be great if there were a slide from the Brooklyn Heights Promenade to Brooklyn Bridge Park?”– to the pragmatic and insightful, each one offering a view into the potential for change in the city.

The second, design phase of the competition asks entrants to visualize some of those ideas. As many entries as possible will be compiled in a volume entitled the Atlas of the Possibility for the Future of New York and in the Urban Design Week festival exhibition. The Institute for Urban Design will be accepting contest entries for By the City / For the City until Thursday, July 14th. For more information, visit the IfUD online at