Creating and sharing designs for public space
We are always looking for ways to generate new pop-up designs for the public realm and share the work of architects with neighborhoods across the city. Pop-up can address the needs of neighborhoods in the short term, even while long-term planning and design processes are underway. Since 2011, we’ve created over 500 installations in 150+ public spaces in New York City, and we’re still expanding. If you are a designer, architect, or fabricator and want to partner with us to put something great on the street, contact Leslie Davol.
Collaborate with us!
A brief history of our collaborations with designers:
The first design we put into use consisted of a series of angular cubes that could be stacked to make a bookcase, held in place by magnets, with yellow protrusions that could double as benches. It was designed by architects Höweler + Yoon and built by students from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) under the supervision of Professor J. Meejin Yoon (of Howeler + Yoon) in 2011. The project was featured in the U.S. Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale, and won an A+ Architizer award in the learning category.
Launched on Kickstarter:
Working with Bill Bancroft Furniture Design in 2015 and 2016, we then made further adaptations to this cart design, adding additional programs and developing custom solutions for partners.
Supporters of our design and fabrication work
- 239 Donors via Kickstarter in 2011
- HASS grant from MIT
- Robert Half, Boston MA
- Leaves of Grass
- The Laura B. Vogler Foundation
- Burning Man
Design and fabrication credits
- Höweler + Yoon Architecture (Eric Höweler, Meejin Yoon, Parker Lee, Ryan Murphy, Thena Tak, James Coleman, David Costanza, Jeremy Jih, and Alexander William Marshall, Kelly Shaw, Sung Woo Jang, Max Wong, Joanna Rodriguez-Noyola, Cyrus Dochow, Parker Lee).
- Joana Torres/Oficina Design
- Bill Bancroft Furniture
- Beartown Inc
- Jaywalk Studio