NYCxDESIGN is driven by core values deeply rooted in community and creativity, always mindful of inclusivity, equality, diversity, sustainability, and regenerative design for the greater good of humanity.

Beyond its annual Festival, NYCxDESIGN’s year-round programming serves as a robust platform for the diverse spectrum of design talent found in New York City. 

Whether showcasing students, emerging designers, or highly decorated professionals across various design disciplines, our programs foster an environment for sharing, educating, learning, and uniting. The overarching aim is to address the pressing needs of our world with attention and care, inspiring the next generation to embrace design as a tool for solving problems and contributing positively to tomorrow’s challenges.

Flatiron Nomad Public Activation presents "Portal"

A groundbreaking public technology sculpture known as “The Portal” is set to form a visual bridge between New York City and Dublin, Ireland, launching this spring. The Portal in New York City will be installed on the Flatiron South Public Plaza at Broadway, Fifth Avenue, and 23rd Street, next to the famed Flatiron Building. In Dublin, the Portal will be installed facing the capital’s main street, O’Connell Street and will capture the iconic vista of both Dublin’s famous GPO building and the Spire together.

In honor of this engaging installation, NYCxDESIGN is proud to host a talk on May 18th from 12pm-1pm with respected public arts curator and producer, Debra Simon, speaking with artist and founder of, Benediktas Gylys.

The “Portal” New York City and Dublin Ireland connection will be from spring 2024 through the fall of the same year.  In addition to the real-time connection, there will be scheduled programming, including cultural performances at each cities Portal that will be enjoyed by people in the other city via the livestream.

“The Portal” is made possible through the collaborative efforts of Flatiron NoMad PartnershipSimons FoundationNYC DOT ArtDublin City Council, the EU Capital of Smart Tourism, and team.