We gather designers, planners, developers and civic leaders to debate the defining issues facing our cities.
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In collaboration with the Van Alen Institute, Neighborhoods Now connects New York City neighborhoods hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with design firms in our collective network. Since May 2020, Neighborhoods Now has assisted more than 100 restaurants, small businesses, and cultural organizations in some of NYC’s hardest-hit neighborhoods across four boroughs.
The Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development and the Urban Design Forum join forces to present Power After the Pandemic: Rebuilding our Post-Covid Cities. Over the coming months, we will convene civic leaders across the nation to reimagine a path toward a just recovery in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York City can transform its approach to urban design to achieve housing equity, economic justice, and environmental health. Since 2019, we gathered experts to study historical planning policies, convened national and international leaders advancing radical planning reforms, and mobilized our Fellows to reimagine the city’s planning process. The culminating agenda, 21 Visions for 2021, serves as a resource and call to action for New York City’s next leadership.
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Urban Design Forum is pleased to announce their latest project, 21 Visions for 2021. This micro-website presents a bold built environment agenda, culminating over a year and a half of work by an interdisciplinary cohort of 46 Forum Fellows.
The Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute today launched neighborhoodsnow.nyc, a digital toolkit featuring more than 35 designs, guidelines, and strategies to aid safe reopening and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each tool was created by neighborhood-specific working groups as part of Neighborhoods Now, a rapid-response initiative launched by the Forum and Van Alen in June. More
Each year the Forum selects a diverse cohort of emerging leaders in urban design, development, policy, and advocacy to investigate how design can address a social or political challenge facing New York City. This year’s interdisciplinary cohort will explore how to support minority- and women-owned businesses through climate investment and advance new ideas on the role of urban More