Got an idea to get New Yorkers building on the street?

The Uni Project invites you to submit an idea, challenge, or prompt for our BUILD NYC program that will expose New Yorkers to diverse works of NYC architecture, design, engineering, and construction as people young and old build together in parks, plazas, and other public spaces all across the city.

To participate, please conact Leslie Davol and share:

  • A few sentences suggesting simple steps New Yorkers can take to make a building or other structure, ideally inspired by some aspect of your own practice;
  • One or two images (JPG, etc) suitable for printing 5”x5″;
  • A very short sentence describing who you are and (optional) how the activity might relate to you/your work.

We’ll display these prompts wherever our installations pop-up. See sample below!

Out on the street, we’ll provide people with Lego, wooden blocks, and other building toys and tools. Staff will be on hand to facilitate, but your ideas will provide the inspiration to get people started. We’ll take photos of the results and share online.

Uni Project programs travel across New York City with a special focus on underserved neighborhoods where art and education resources can be scarce. Your contribution will mean a great deal to the people we meet—especially young people. Thanks for helping us share great materials and programs in all neighborhoods of New York City.

– Leslie and Sam Davol, Co-Founders the Uni Project


We're getting a "new" name... Street Lab.

The Uni Project is the work of Street Lab, a nonprofit launched in 2006 in Boston, where we created community-oriented programs for public space. In 2011, we migrated Street Lab to New York City and launched the Uni Project. The Uni began as a single, portable reading room and has since grown into a city-wide initiative offering more than 700 days of pop-up programming in 150+ public spaces across the city. In 2019, we are re-introducing our original name Street Lab to tie all this work together going forward, with much more to come.

For now, details about our programs are available here on the Uni Project web site. Soon, that content will move to Thanks for sticking with us!