The New York City Privately Owned Public Space (POPS) Logo Design Competition is being held to solicit a design for a new POPS logo that may be featured on signage at over 550 POPS located across the city. A new POPS logo would be seen by millions of residents, workers, and visitors on any given day and encourage the public to take full advantage of these valuable, but sometimes unknown, public spaces.
Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space, the New York City Department of City Planning, and The Municipal Art Society of New York have joined forces to sponsor this design competition, with funding provided in part by Knoll.
• Open to participants worldwide
• Submissions were due March 15, 2019.
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• A panel along with a public vote will select up to three Awardees. Meet the panel!
• A new official New York City POPS logo may be chosen from the Awardees’ logos by the Director of NYC Department of City Planning.
• Awardees will each receive $2,000, plus an additional $2,000 if an Awardee’s logo is chosen for the official New York City POPS logo.
• All Awardees will be announced on Monday, May 20, 2019.
Anyone who has spent time in New York City’s densest commercial and residential neighborhoods will have noticed street-level plazas, atriums, and arcades next to or within privately owned office and residential towers. Some of these spaces look like small parks, others are hardscaped expanses. Many are filled with people eating lunch, meeting friends, reading, or people watching, while others are underutilized. Most of these spaces, however, share one characteristic: known as privately owned public spaces (POPS), each is legally required to be open to the public and for public use.
With a newly adopted requirement for all POPS to have signage indicating that the space is open to the public, and as POPS have grown in number and diversity of design and use, the time has come to explore a new logo design that graphically represents the evolving nature of POPS and that creates a unified visual identity for the City’s POPS program.
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