City launches NYCxDesign, first-ever design showcase

Christine Quinn
Christine Quinn

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and members of New York’s design community ushered in the city’s first-ever NYCxDesign event Monday at a Times Square ceremony.

NYCxDesign is a new cultural showcase, spanning all five boroughs for 12 days, with more than 200 events ranging from exhibitions to instructional craft seminars to open artists’ studios. The festivities officially begin Friday and run through May 21.

“Over 40,000 designers call the city home, and it’s time for us to tap into this sector, raise its profile, and turn it into an economic engine,” Quinn said at the event.

Although there are too many workshops, gallery shows, discussions, symposiums, and celebrations to list individually, a full schedule of goings-on can be found on the NYCxDesign website.

A boutique-design light-fixture display in Brooklyn? Check. A lecture on the role of architecture in community building? Yep. An entrepreneurial workshop for aspiring industrial designers? It’s happening.

Officials also revealed a multimedia campaign running the duration of the expo, a project they call “Multifesto.” Design fans can contribute to the project through NYCxDesign website, where they enter their own “design manifesto.” The volunteer-produced results will run on Taxi TVs and Times Square video screens, including the Nasdaq and Reuter’s video panels and will be updated throughout the week.

NYCxDesign (NYC by Design) celebrates all aspects of the field including architecture, graphic design, fashion, manufacturing, industrial, landscape and urban design, in the hope of spurring more growth in the city’s design community.


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