Softwalks seeks to improve the pedestrian experience in New York City. Rudimentary scaffolding erected in long tunnels occupies almost 1.5% of the sidewalks in New York City. These temporary structures are called sidewalk sheds, protecting pedestrians from overhead dangers at construction sites and from aging facades. Softwalks will open up an opportunity to re-imagine the function of sidewalk sheds in a design-build competition, enabling artists and designers to innovate within a space everyone experiences on a daily basis. Our goal is to facilitate immediate solutions and functional alternatives to a blight within the city.