April 22, 2017
The New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) joined the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) for its 2nd annual Car Free NYC: Earth Day celebration, an event designed to promote environmentally friendly transit options. Several demonstrations of environmentally friendly technology, plus performances, games, workshops, and tours, took place on Broadway, which was closed to traffic from Union Square to Times Square.
Throughout the day, employees from DDC’s Office of the Chief Architect and the STEAM education division discussed with passersby the importance of improving resiliency and sustainability in the City at a DDC-sponsored booth at Broadway and 26th Street.
“Participating in this year’s Car Free NYC event was a great opportunity to foster spontaneous interactions with our neighbors about the importance of reducing emissions to combat climate change,” said DDC Commissioner Feniosky Peña-Mora. “Our demonstrations helped us get closer to the community to showcase the work we are putting into practice, such as applying our Guiding Principles pertaining to equity and sustainability to the City’s public projects.”
DDC STEAM Initiatives spoke to families about the agency’s goal of establishing a diverse and inclusive pipeline into fields such as Architecture, Engineering, and Construction for the city’s youth. STEAM team members distributed information about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture, and Mathematics) education and spoke to parents about how they could help prepare their children for futures in those fields. Children were also able to participate in the DDC’s “Wheel of STEAM”, where children answered questions related to Science, Technology, Engineering, Architecture/Art, and Mathematics in order to win DDC kids buttons.
Deputy Commissioner Lee Llambelis, stated, “As a Native American proverb noted, we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it for our children and it is our responsibility to protect the earth and help to make our earth a better place. For DDC, that means designing buildings and infrastructure that advance design in NYC through the lenses of equity, sustainability, resiliency and healthy living.”
Mary Miss, DDC’s Public Artist in Residence, led a half dozen hourly public discussions with six artists and eight DDC experts in engineering, architecture, resiliency, and sustainability. The six public conversations addressed how to connect and engage citizens to broader issues of urbanism.