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Welcome to Minds in the Gutter, an ongoing call for designs that respond to the question: How can New York City utilize its existing 6,000 miles of roadway and accompanying 12,000 miles of sidewalk as an opportunity for stormwater management?

This project began as a juried design competition that resulted in an exhibit of 16 boards that represent bright ideas for the gutter from professional firms, city agencies, students, community-based organizations and concerned citizens.

The exhibit was initially launched with a panel and viewing at the Museum of the City of New York on Earth Day, April 22, 2010. This event was attended by over 200 “do-ers and dreamers” in the field of stormwater management and produced a lively discussion moderated by Deborah Marton ,¬†Executive Director of Design Trust for Public Space.

Today, Minds in the Gutter continues as an ongoing call for innovative designs that manage stormwater in the public right-of-way. You can become involved by submitting your ideas here on this website, viewing the exhibit as it travels about town, and participating in Minds in the Gutter events!