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NYC City Council to produce 5-borough design event
Feb 14, 2013

For the first time in its history, New York City will have an annual city-wide public design event, NYCxDESIGN (NYC by Design), which will be held May 10-21. The event was conceived by the City Council as a way to leverage the design industry’s enormous potential for economic growth, and is being produced in conjunction with a prestigious steering committee* including Jim Druckman (NYDC), Paola Antonelli (MoMA), Bradford Shellhammer (, David Stark, among others.
New York City is home to 33% more design firms than Los Angeles, the next closest city, according to the Center for an Urban Future. NYCxDESIGN seeks to drive economic development through the attraction of even more designers and manufacturers to the city, generate new sales and export opportunities for local designers and increase design-based tourism by industry professionals and design-conscious consumers.
NYC City Council to produce 5-borough design event
"NYCxDESIGN will help demonstrate that New York City is the design capital of the world,” said City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn. “All five boroughs are home to a staggering amount of design talent in a wide range of disciplines, and this inaugural, city-wide event will help harness this potential and turn it into a tool for economic growth. I’m thrilled to provide the necessary platform to showcase both emerging and established designers as well as design schools and institutions and look forward to celebrating local design this May.”
NYCxDESIGN will showcase the City’s most renowned design institutions, retailers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, curators, educators, editors, and of course designers. The event will create a platform for cultural and commercial opportunities to elevate established and emerging design practices, and to increase awareness of and appreciation for design by all audiences through events such as exhibitions, trade shows, installations, talks, launches, and open studios. The event capitalizes on the City’s strong and diverse design industry and aims to strengthen and grow this sector of the local economy.
*NYCxDESIGN Steering Committee Members include:
Paola Antonelli, Museum of Modern Art, Senior Curator, Department of Architecture & Design
Caroline Baumann, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Acting Director     
Rick Bell, American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter Executive Director         
Scott Belsky, Behance LLC, Chief Executive Officer        
David Burney, NYC Department of Design and Construction, Commissioner
Keri Butler, Public Design Commission of the City of New York 
Susan Chin, Design Trust for Public Space, Executive Director    
Allan Chochinov, Core77, Inc. Editor-in-Chief, Core77    
Miquela Craytor, NYC Economic Development Corporation, Vice President, Industrial Initiatives       
Chad Dickerson, Etsy, Inc., CEO   
James Druckman, New York Design Center, President & CEO   
Wendy Feuer, NYC Department of Transportation, Assistant Commissioner for Urban Design & Art   
Rosalie Genevro, Architectural League of New York, Executive Director
Abe Gurko, Abe NYC, Inc., Principal        
Chris Hacker, Johnson & Johnson, Chief Design Officer
Rachel Haot, NYC Digital, Chief Digital Officer   
Holly Hotchner, Museum of Arts and Design, Director     
Karen Koslowitz, New York City Council City, Council Member
Kate D. Levin, Department of Cultural Affairs, Commissioner     
Fern Mallis, Fern Mallis, LLC, President    
Kiel Mead, American Design Club, Principal          
Michelle Mullineaux, DesigNYC, Co-Founder      
Elizabeth O'Donnell, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, Associate Dean          
Eddie Opara, Pentagram, Design Partner   
Leighton Pierce, Pratt Institute, School of Art & Design, Acting Dean    
Christine C. Quinn, New York City Council, Speaker                  
Ed Schlossberg, ESI Design, President & CEO     
Bradford Shellhammer,, Founder & Chief Design Officer
David Stark, David Stark Design and Production, President and Creative Director
Robert Steel, NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development     
Kara Tobin, Tobin and Tucker, Principal    
Joel Towers, Parsons The New School For Design, Dean  
Willy Wong, NYC & Company, Chief Creative Officer and AIGA/NY President
Members of the design community interested in participating should register their event at

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