Urban Design

Kid and adult playing with legos in front of posters about urban design

The Department of City Planning (DCP) and our agency partners have developed a diverse set of resources to help guide people through the urban design and planning processes. These resources illustrate zoning codes, promote design objectives for walkability and health, link communities to the city planning programs and initiatives in their areas and support quality buildings and open spaces.

Collectively, they aim to clearly present the city’s goals and guidelines for New York City.

Project Highlight: Animals of NYC – Essential Workers in Public Spaces Activity Book

DCP’s Urban Design team creates educational tools to raise awareness about the importance of public spaces. The Animals of NYC Activity Book displays familiar creatures of New York City in their urban environment.

The 2021 edition of the activity book reflects on challenges that New Yorkers have faced over the past year, from coping with the COVID-19 pandemic to fighting for social justice—and how public spaces changed as the city adapted.

Download the Animals of NYC – Essential Workers in Public Spaces Activity Book.

Illustration of a bird in a transit worker’s uniform next to a subway entrance. A sign over the entrance reads “Vax center.”

Urban Design Research and Guidelines

Public Engagement Materials

DCP Resources Informed by Urban Design

Inter-Agency Publications and Resources