Conscious Cities NYC seeks to promote collaboration between the city’s various disciplines informing the creation of urban spaces. We hope to create a community of practice where urban design practitioners, neuroscientists, and technology innovators can have a shared language, through which, urban spaces that place human behavior and needs at the center can be designed. This common language can help bridge gaps between theory and practice and establish best practices that can be adopted across the city and even beyond its limit.


Conscious City NYC Team
Alison Brown
Laurance Fauconnet
Sagi Golan, Assoc AIA
Daniel Gutierrez
Andrew Renninger


CC NYC will undertake an exploration of urban spaces, technology, and policy unique to New York to gather an understanding of how the concept of Conscious Cities can best be promoted in our built environment.

  • Green Spaces
    Washington Square Park—a vital park in the New York City’s Greenwich Village—represents one of the most thriving public spaces found in the city. Photo credit: Daniel Gutierrez
  • Active Space
    The HighLine—a 1.45 mile rail-to-trail converted park—opened to the public in 2009. Since its inception, the public space has become one of the most highly visited in New York City.
  • Social Space
    New York City is home to an abundance of privately owned public spaces (POPS). These POPS—built by private developers—are extracted by city ordinance in exchange for additional development rights.
  • Smart Space
    LinkNYC brings urban tech to the streets. The “Links” will replace New York City’s network of nearly 13,000 payphones. The project aims to bring gigabit wireless internet coverage to all five boroughs.
  • Safe Space
    Significant areas of New York City are poorly designed, and the conditions of these areas create divides throughout neighborhoods. The areas under the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE), shown here, are underutilized and underdeveloped.