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City Planning releases designs for privately owned public space logo

Department of City Planning (DCP) Director Marisa Lago, Advocates for Privately Owned Public Space (APOPS) President Jerold S. Kayden, and The Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS) President Elizabeth Goldstein announced that members of the public can view the 607 POPS Logo Design Competition submissions received from 58+ countries and vote for their favorite at popslogo.nyc.

“We’re looking for a logo that’s instantly recognizable and clearly identifies these delightful indoor and outdoor spaces as open to the public. POPS are created for the public, so we’re asking you to help us pick a logo. Be sure to vote at popslogo.nyc!” DCP Director Marisa Lago said.

Public voting is open through Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 12:00 p.m. EST for the logo that best captures the essence of New York City’s Privately Owned Public Spaces (POPS).

“That hundreds of people entered the Competition from around the world confirms the universal importance of public space. It will be interesting to see whether a New Yorker or someone else ends up creating a widely seen new symbol for publicness in New York City,” said Jerold S. Kayden, APOPS president and Harvard professor.

“We are thrilled to have such an outpouring of interest in this competition. We look forward to hearing which proposed logos resonate most with the public,” MAS President Elizabeth Goldstein said. “The Competition has already achieved one of its key goals, which was to draw broad attention to the importance of these public spaces all over New York.”

The selected designer will receive $4,000, and the new official POPS logo will be prominently displayed on signs at each of the City’s more than 550 POPS, alongside useful information for visitors about hours of access, required amenities such as seating, and how to report any complaints to 311.

The three logos that receive the most votes from members of the public will be incorporated into the panel selection process as if they were the choices of an additional panelist.

A seven-person panel, along with the public vote, will then select up to three awardees, each of whom will receive $2,000 and be honored at a public event.

From these selected logos, DCP Director Marisa Lago may choose one to become the official New York City POPS logo, and that awardee will receive an additional $2,000. The award funds are provided through a gift by Knoll.

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