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Friends of MICD,

I'm honored to share yesterday's presentation on a design-based approach to community safety from architect Ifeoma Ebo. Our country is in the midst of a reckoning about systemic racism and the government’s role in public safety, and solving the challenge of keeping all our residents truly safe is no small task. Ifeoma shared with us another lens for addressing justice and community safety: design, which is as much about the process of designing spaces as it is about the end result.

Mayors, don't miss our upcoming seminars (including off-the-record discussions!) on creatively thinking about your parks (August 4) and equitable street design for pandemic response and recovery (August 11). Sign up below, and feel free to invite a member of your staff to listen in.

We're honored to share this candid space with you and discuss the challenges your cities are facing. What other topics would you like to see? Let me know at

Trinity Simons
Executive Director
Mayors' Institute on City Design


Safe Places, Active Spaces – A Design-Based Approach to Community Safety 

Recorded July 29
This powerful seminar introduced mayors to the BlackSpace Manifesto, a guide for a design process that centers community safety and empowerment in historically marginalized communities. Architect Ifeoma Ebo shared examples of successful projects that reimagined the space around public housing, parks, streetscapes and more through community-powered design. Watch Ifeoma's inspiring presentation below.
Watch the Presentation


Monuments – Reckoning with the Past, Envisioning the Future

Recorded July 22
As cities grapple with critical conversations about monuments and public space, mayors can lead by creating spaces for communities to heal and move towards a more equitable future. Watch the poignant presentation from Bryan Lee, Jr. of Colloqate Design and Paul Farber of Monument Lab below.
Watch the Presentation


Mayors’ Virtual Seminar: Parks Are Your New Asset

Tuesday, August 4  |  12:30-1:45pm ET

Ernest C. Wong  |  Founding Principal, site design group, ltd.

As COVID-19 has crippled our cities, parks have become the new assets of the public realm. As gathering spaces for demonstrations and protests, these public spaces can also be re-programmed to address economic recovery and benefit the public good. Renowned landscape architect Ernest Wong of site design group will help mayors explore a variety of park design solutions to encourage social distancing and healthy travel, as well as policy ideas to promote park maintenance while driving solutions for other social equity issues.

Mayors will learn about a variety of recent projects and participate in a discussion of challenges and solutions in their own cities.

Mayors: Register Now


Mayors’ Virtual Seminar: Streets for Pandemic Response & Recovery

Tuesday, August 11  |  3:30-4:45pm ET

Zabe Bent  |  Director of Design, NACTO
Dr. Destiny Thomas  |  Founder and CEO, Thrivance Group
Ariel Ward  |  Transportation Engineer, SFMTA

The COVID-19 pandemic has layered a viral public health crisis on top of three pre-existing public health crises in U.S. cities: climate change, traffic fatalities, and racial injustice. Through their recent resource, Streets for Pandemic Response and RecoveryNACTO has documented and encouraged quick-build mobility projects and practices, in order to weather the acute crisis posed by COVID-19 and transition to a just, sustainable recovery. Our speakers will explore the various ways city transportation agencies have managed dramatic shifts in mobility in recent months, and dissect ways to make design and policy decisions rooted in equity.

Attending mayors will learn about recent projects and the principles behind them, then participate in a discussion of practices and process that can lead to just outcomes in their own communities.
Mayors: Register Now
The Mayors’ Institute on City Design is a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. Since 1986, the Mayors’ Institute has helped transform communities through design by preparing mayors to be the chief urban designers of their cities.
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