Design Resources and Publications


Designing New York

In collaboration with partner agencies and organizations, the Public Design Commission has developed the Designing New York series, which provides guiding principles and recommendations for the quality design of public spaces.


Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing

Designing New York: Prefabrication in the Public Realm


Coming soon:

Designing New York: Streetscapes for Wellness


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PDC Annual Reports

NYC Open Data Portal



Interagency Resources

Active Design

Active Design Guidelines

Active Design: Shaping the Sidewalk Experience


Affordable Housing

Designing New York: Quality Affordable Housing

NYC Interagency Affordable Housing Review Process



NYC Cultural Affairs Percent for Art Program

NYC Cultural Affairs Public Art Resources


Bird-Friendly Buildings


Climate Resiliency and Sustainability

NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency - Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines

Planning for Climate Resiliency

Retrofitting Buildings for Flood Risk

Sustainable New York

Zoning for Coastal Flood Resiliency


Design and Construction Excellence

    What is good design?

  • Good design is good process.
  • Good design seeks solutions that are dignified, accessible and community-oriented; it strives to make all New Yorkers feel welcome and valued.
  • Good design thoughtfully responds to context and site conditions.
  • Good design achieves a creative balance between functional and programmatic requirements, operational and maintenance practices, and performance and innovation.
  • Good design is sustainable, resilient, durable, and easily maintained.
  • Good design considers solutions to long-term and emergent risks and opportunities, such as changing climate and public safety conditions, as well as new technologies and ways of living and working.
  • Good design requires a conscientious attention to schedule, budget, and operational costs to ensure that public funds are well spent, and communities well served.
  • Good design employs best practices, innovative methodologies, and appropriate technologies.
  • Good design is guided by a civic consciousness and social responsibility to provide spaces that promote discourse, exemplify accessible government, and inspire pride in our communities.
  • Good design is collaborative and inclusive of all stakeholders, including sponsor and partner agencies, consultants and contractors, and the community.

NYC DDC Design and Construction Excellence

NYC DDC Design and Construction Resources and Publications


Maps and Data

NYC Bike Map

NYC Planning GIS Maps and Datasets


Streetscape Design

Newsstand Size and Clearance Requirements

NYCDOT Library

NYCDOT Measuring the Street

NYCDOT Plaza Program

NYCDOT Street Design Manual

Streetscapes of New York: pocket zine by the NYC Public Design Commission


Urban Design and the Public Realm

NYC Planning Urban Design Principles