Eric Adams speaking at NYCxDesign

Photo: Courtesy NYCxDesign

NYCxDesign, the citywide festival of design and architecture now in its 10th year, opened yesterday at Dante’s, a cavernous restaurant on Pier 17. The newly renovated Seaport. Travel hype man Mayor Eric Adams. As it turns out, he’s the biggest fan of design. For exactly four minutes and 48 seconds, he unleashed a stream of awareness about how determination can help us “move beyond COVID” – as well as fix injustice and help people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence victims, and formerly incarcerated people “feel better about themselves.” .”

Pointing to the NYCxDesign banner next to him, he began to pronounce the two words, New York City And the design, Starting with his favorite topic, New York City after the pandemic:

Sometimes we hear words and names. But let’s think about it for a moment: New York City by design. We can’t get stuck in NYC after COVID. We must move to the post-COVID phase by design. We should sit down and hit. What will New York City be? We must design it in every aspect. As we enter the post-COVID era, we must design New York City not to leave anyone behind. Historically, when we designed the city, we designed it without thinking about the communities that were historically not part of the design.”

Designing a fair city? It sounds great, especially when our streets, residences, public spaces, and transportation systems use some rethinking. But he didn’t mention any of those things. He just started talking about…the clothes.

“When we think of fashion, when we think of telling a young man what clothes you wear, and where they come from, do we pay people proper wages where they make the clothes, and sell the clothes, how they look, and how do we draw up this fashion and design plan so that people can feel good about themselves.”

Adams went on to talk about how fashion (not furniture, interiors, or architecture, which NYCxDesign is all about) can help people:

“How do we creatively go to homeless shelters with women victims of domestic violence and allow them to design themselves so that they feel good about themselves when they go out and explore themselves.”

Good thing in theory! (Although putting on a new shirt is a lot of weight.) Adams continued to double down on dressing, this time on suits and ties:

“You guys who come home after serving their sentence in prison, I will show them how to wear a suit. To tie a tie properly or just wear an open collar. How are we going to design them in an employment path so that they don’t constantly return to prison in a real way?”

And of course he found a way to incorporate his favorite word, swagger:

“How do we design the city? Nothing can do that better than the fashion industry. Because if you get up in the morning and put on a suit and tie and tie and go out on the street, you have to show off.”

New York City? Design? For Adams, this obviously means fashion. and he Is that true People want to look good. (We caught a glimpse of this at his recent appearance at the Met Gala, where he wore a custom-made dress Jacket A billboard with a message against armed violence.

“The complexity and diversity of a city with different languages ​​and cultures we have a lot to do here! It is not a sterile classroom environment. We should wear a uniform that reflects all the diversity of the city.”

Here’s the motivation—a public New York City cheer that could have easily been part of any event—sports game, political rally, campaign for mayor—at any time:

“Fearless, unapologetic, daring, daring, New Yorkers – that’s what we are. There is something special about this place called New York City. Nothing can hold us back!” Nothing can stop us!

Clearly, nothing could stop Adams from talking about whatever was on his mind. but me he wishes Eric Adams cared about design as much as he cared about designing acoustic pieces. Maybe we got something better from the locked hardware store sheds that the city’s solution to trash and that bucket of mice deemed it to be.

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