We gather designers, planners, developers and civic leaders to debate the defining issues facing our cities.

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Work Force (2018)

Work Force (2018)

Building an equitable economy in New York City requires a groundbreaking approach to urban design. The Forum invites you to advance designs, policy initiatives and creative financing ideas focused on the evolving economy. How can we use creative zoning, investment in the public realm, and new infrastructure to enhance economic outcomes for all?
Shelter for All (2018)

Shelter for All (2018)

Our third Forefront Fellowship explores how we can design shelters, intake centers and supportive housing to turn the tide on homelessness in New York City. In partnership with the New York City Department of Homeless Services and AIA New York, Fellows will visit shelters, interview stakeholders and draft guidelines. How can we use programming and design to transform these places into community assets?
NY-LON (2012-2018)

NY-LON (2012-2018)

Hosted with New London Architecture and Kohn Pedersen Fox, our transatlantic exchanges bring together industry professionals in New York and London to share knowledge on key issues in both cities, from affordable housing policy to tall buildings.
Featured News ↓
Forum News
We are thrilled to announce our third class of Forefront Fellows. The Forefront Fellowship promotes the next generation of urban leaders. This year's interdisciplinary cohort will explore how urban design can support homeless populations, engage host communities and end cycles of homelessness.
Forum News
In the fall of 2016, the Urban Design Forum invited its Fellows and experts to help us craft a vision for the future of mobility in New York City. Within these pages, you’ll find an inventory of imaginative thinking on what our city’s transportation landscape could be.
Applications
Cities around the world are grappling with record rates of homelessness. How can we design shelters, intake centers and supportive housing to turn the tide?