We gather designers, planners, developers and civic leaders to debate the defining issues facing our cities.
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Countless acts of routine maintenance shape New York City every day. These critical investments of time, labor and capital often go unnoticed until something goes wrong, from the garbage strikes that shuttered businesses in the ‘70s and ‘80s, to the closure of the Manhattan Bridge in the ‘90s, to Hurricane Sandy’s crippling of the subway system in 2012. This year, the Urban Design Forum invites you to consider new ways to sustain our public realm. How can we use design thinking, creative financing, new technology, and community organizing to maintain our physical and social infrastructure?
Our inaugural Forefront theme explores how new civic technologies are transforming the management and operations of the public realm. How can we use technology to create tangible improvements to the experience of the city? How can big data be applied to build a more dynamic, equitable, and resilient city?
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.
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Our mission of shaping dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities is both more pertinent and fragile than ever. We remain committed to creating a venue where civic leaders can safely and candidly advance their ideas. And we will work harder than ever to ensure that all voices are represented – especially those missing a seat at the table.