Andrew Bernheimer was a Fellow with the Design Trust for the Making Midtown project and responsible for documentation of the built environment, along with design and visioning for the future of the Garment Center. Other fellows included Rob Lane of the RPA, Kei Hayashi, and Colin Cathcart of Kiss+Cathcart.  The final publication from this visioning is available here.

Photography by Andrew Bernheimer/Bernheimer Architecture

Taken from the Design Trust for Public Space website.

The Design Trust recognized that plans for the Garment District must consider the neighborhood as a whole along witih its broader Midtown context, and must be developed in partnership with all of the District's key stakeholders. The Design Trust assembled a new team of Project Fellows (listed at right) who conducted the following activities: 

  • Comprehensive analysis of the Garment District's real estate dynamics, zoning, and finances

  • Documented the Garment District's built environment, including its building stock, streetscape, traffic patterns, public realm and neighborhood identity

  • Led a participatory planning process with District stakeholders through one-on-one interviews and a series of small working group sessions workshops, where the team identified priorities for charting the District's future. 

  • Convened more than 60 City officials, property owners, factory owners, and fashion designers to generate and test strategies to guide future development in the District. 

  • Developed and published innovative, realistic recommendations to steer planning, development and creative placemaking activities in the Garment District