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Join the Design Trust for Public Space and NYC Department of Transportation for a conversation and tour to discover El-Space, the nation’s first design experiment to create a more hospitable pedestrian experience, greater environmental resilience, and enhanced lighting beneath and adjacent to elevated transportation infrastructure citywide.

The event will include a sneak peek at the latest pilot installation in Long Island City and preview the planning framework and inventory of the millions of square feet of El-Space across the five boroughs.

The pilot installation on Dutch Kills Street in Long Island City will feature a set of gabion planters to capture and filter water runoff from the highway above, and a modular illuminated "El-Fence".

Discover El-Space 2.0 is presented as part of NYCxDESIGN 2019, New York City's annual celebration of design. The seventh edition of the program will include hundreds of events throughout the five boroughs from May 10-22, 2019.

About Under the Elevated/El-Space
Under the Elevated/El-Space, a two-phase project of Design Trust for Public Space, in partnership with NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), is the first major research, design, and planning initiative to document and analyze the vast network of space beneath New York City’s elevated transportation structure — or “el-space”, and to make recommendations for their improvement as a public asset. Design Trust and NYCDOT are now piloting the project recommendations. In addition to the Sunset Park pilot launched in May 2018 in collaboration with Industry City, Design Trust and NYCDOT are partnering to implement two additional sites – Rockaway Freeway and Dutch Kills Street – in collaboration with the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and Rockrose respectively.

NYCDOT continues developing the El-Space Program that considers el-space as an urban system for managing land and built assets, improving pedestrian mobility and safety, fostering environmental health, and linking neighborhoods to jobs and amenities. With the Design Trust, NYCDOT will also release the El-Space Toolkit (date to be announced), a resource for public agencies, elected officials, community groups, private stakeholders and practitioners—in New York City and elsewhere—to effectively execute El-Space projects that address complex urban challenges for the benefit of all people.

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