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

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Work Force

Work Force

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

Shelter for All

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?
Private Development, Public Good

Private Development, Public Good

Cities around the world are leveraging private development to build new neighborhoods, public spaces, transit networks and social housing. On our 40th anniversary, the Urban Design Forum launches a new Global Exchange program, aiming to foster dialogue between New York and its peer cities as they pioneer new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.
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The Development & Communications Associate is a new role at the Urban Design Forum. Under the guidance of the Executive Director, you will produce all organizational communications, coordinate membership development and major giving efforts, and assist with administrative tasks and special projects.
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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.
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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.