“What will these amazing machines we call cities become? We must continue to rethink, rediscover, and reinvent the city; creating spaces that foster interaction and embrace emergent social paradigms!”

Enrique Norten, founder, TEN Arquitectos


Public space in today’s cities is a much-needed amenity and rare commodity. As population density increases, designers must identify new approaches to building that encourage community interaction. Representatives from the design firm TEN Arquitectos will lead a brainstorming session that asks the question: what types of interventions, at all scales, can architecture contribute to the transformation of a growing city? Participants will collaborate to produce new ideas for improving urban communal spaces.


DISEÑO is a partnership between Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and El Museo del Barrio. This program received federal support from the Smithsonian Latino Center.