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The New York City branch of Huge, the powerhouse digital agency, has produced an interesting five-minute video about privately owned public space in New York City. APOPS@MAS provided information to Huge and Chris Holmes for the video project.
APOPS@MAS is happy to announce the selection of Ellen C. Nicholson, who just graduated this past May, 2014 with a Master in Urban Planning Degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, as the first annual APOPS@MAS Fellow. She begins her fellowship this month and continues through June, 2015. More information about Ellen and her role in APOPS@MAS will be forthcoming.
The “Chair+” Design Competition, sponsored by APOPS@MAS and Knoll, the furniture company recognized internationally for workplace and residential furnishings, will be formally announced in the early fall, 2014. The open competition will invite individuals and entities to design chairs and related furniture for use in New York City’s outdoor privately owned public spaces. The competition winner(s) will receive a cash award(s). In addition, Knoll will create a prototype(s) of the winning entry or entries. Documentation on the winning entry or entries and other submissions will be displayed and publicized. Stay tuned to this space for further announcements about the competition schedule and brief.
You will not find this definition (yet) in the dictionary, but we are trying.
PRIVATELY OWNED PUBLIC SPACE [noun phrase] [slang POPS] 1. a plaza, arcade, or other outdoor or indoor space provided for public use by a private office or residential building owner in return for a zoning concession 2. one of 525 or so zoning-defined public spaces in New York City 3. a plaza, urban plaza, residential plaza, public plaza, elevated plaza, arcade, through block arcade, through block galleria, through block connection, covered pedestrian space, sidewalk widening, open air concourse, or other privately owned public space specifically defined by New York City’s 1961 Zoning Resolution and accompanying legal instruments 4. a type of public space characterized by the combination of private ownership and zoning-required public access and use 5. Law’s oxymoronic invention