NYC’s New Chief Urban Designer

Today’s New York Sun writes on the selection of Alex Washburn, Affiliate ASLA, to the new position of Chief Urban Designer in NYC’s Department of City Planning. Washburn’s charge ranges from the macro level (how the city’s skyline looks) to the micro (how  a pedestrian interacts with the sidewalk). A veteran of Senator Moynihan’s office, Washburn sees himself following his mentor’s path: “Senator Moynihan believed that good design is not just about aesthetics, but that the look of a city expresses the values of the people who live in it,” [Washburn] said. “He wanted to prove people wrong who thought that cities were hopeless.”

[photo by Sophia Washburn]

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