Designing Cities

Designing Cities is an initiative of the National Association of City Transportation Officials to improve street design in urban environments. This program includes NACTO’s Urban Street Design Guide, a blueprint for designing 21st century streets, as well as the Designing Cities conference series.

The Urban Street Design Guide unveils the toolbox and the tactics cities use to make streets safer, more livable, and more economically vibrant. Written by cities and for cities, the Guide charts the principles and practices of the nation’s foremost engineers, planners, and designers working in cities today.

Accompanying this groundbreaking guidance, the Designing Cities conference series convenes local leaders and practitioners to discuss pressing themes in transportation planning and urban design. The first Designing Cities conference took place in 2012 in New York City. In 2013, the conference was held in Phoenix, and in 2014 the conference took place in San Francisco. The 2015 Designing Cities conference will be October 28-31, 2015 in Austin.

As cities lead the way, re-imagining right-of-ways and prioritizing public spaces, NACTO’s Designing Cities initiative fosters peer-to-peer conversations and workshops to share and promote state-of-the-art practices for world-class street design.