Winner of the NYC Design Contest


Selected from over 260 entrants in an international design competition



In December of this past year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Building's Commissioner Robert LiMandri unveiled the Urban Umbrella as the new model for sidewalk sheds for the City of New York. The Urban Umbrella was the winning entry in a city-sponsored competition to challenge architects and engineers to find the most innovative, cutting-edge design solution to the dark boxy scaffolding that is ubiquitous in New York City. Urban Umbrella was selected for its sustainable characteristics, increased safety elements and, of course, beauty.

The Umbrella was selected by a jury composed of some of the most influential professionals and policy-makers in New York City today including David M. Childs of SOM; Craig Dykers of Sn??hetta; Craig Schwitter of Buro Happold North America; and Frank Sciame, of Sciame Construction. The Umbrella's sidewalk debut is the culmination of two years of intense engineering reviews and testing since the Urban Umbrella won the city contest 2009. The Umbrella's architects and engineers produced over 100 configuration options and 450 pages of structural analysis for personal review by the Department's Chief Structural Engineer Dan Eschenasy.

The Umbrella is the first design alternative to the sidewalk shed in over 50 years.