Design and the Just City in NYC


Center for Architecture

Design and the Just City in NYC asks viewers to imagine the Just City. Imagine that the issues of race, income, education, and unemployment inequality, and the resulting segregation, isolation, and fear, could be addressed by planning and urban design. Would we design better places if we put the values of equality, equity, and inclusion first? If communities articulated what they stood for, what they believed in, and what they aspired to be, would they have a better chance of creating healthy and vibrant places?

This exhibition features the research of the Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, examining five design and planning cases in New York City. By using the Lab’s Just City Index, the case studies will explore how the design teams behind these projects took a values-driven approach to addressing conditions of injustice in the city.

About the Just City Lab

The Just City Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Design investigates the definition of urban justice and the just city and examines how design and planning contribute to conditions of justice and injustice in cities, neighborhoods, and the public realm. Professor Toni L. Griffin and her team of research assistants have produced the Just City Index, Just City Indicators for the Public Realm, as well as other tools for civic engagement. The lab also offers masterclasses and workshops on designing for justice. Visit

  • Funding support comes from the Just City Lab at Harvard Graduate School of Design.

  • Design and the Just City in NYC is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

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