Report series! Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space

Introducing NOCD-NY’s full profile series, Innovative Cultural Uses of Urban Space. 

This collection emerged out of NOCD-NY discussions about inventive cultural uses of urban space. Members shared stories about the complex process of transforming vacant lots and underused public spaces into vibrant cultural sites that revealed a reservoir of local know-how and creative approaches.

Organized by topic, report drafts were presented as conversation points at our Spacing Out forum, which participants informed and enhanced into their final form. The series was designed as a tool for the field, but models and best practices continue to evolve.  The conversation continues, as evidenced at our Report Release Party.

Introduction and Executive Summary

Adaptive Reuse

Shared space

Constructions Zones and Vacant Lots

Public Outdoor Space: Long-Term & Short-Term

Publicly Owned Facilities

Religious Spaces

A special thanks to our case study authors for distilling a diverse range of experiences into go-to resources. The series was made possible by The Rockefeller Foundation Cultural Innovation Fund and The New York Community Trust.


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