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

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Maintaining

Maintaining

Countless acts of routine maintenance shape New York City every day, yet often go unnoticed until something goes wrong. 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?
Design for Arrival

Design for Arrival

Our second Forefront Fellowship explores how urban design, development and technology can strengthen historic and emerging immigrant communities in New York City. What is the role of cities in attracting and protecting new immigrant communities? What innovative design solutions offer greater affordable housing for new immigrant families? How can the design of the built environment foster greater immigrant entrepreneurship?
NY-LON

NY-LON

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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Forum News
The Urban Design Forum joins the civic community in mourning the loss of Hugh Hardy, who passed away on March 17. Hugh served as a member of our Board for over two decades, and as president of our Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.