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?
Turning the Heat

Turning the Heat

Our fourth Forefront Fellowship explores how urban practitioners can advance climate justice principles across New York City. In partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency, Fellows will survey neighborhoods, study buildings, interview local and international stakeholders, and produce creative research on mitigating heat. How can we retrofit buildings, improve open space, and strengthen social infrastructure to tackle the threat of extreme heat?
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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Every year the Forum selects the next generation of urban leaders to investigate how design can address a social or political challenge facing New York City. This year's interdisciplinary cohort will study the intersections of race, class and climate change, and advance new ideas on the role of urban design in a just transition.
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We celebrated our 40th anniversary this year with our most ambitious year to date, leading 35 events across six major inquiries. Thank you again for your extraordinary support for the Forum.
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On our 40th Anniversary, the Urban Design Forum begins a new chapter on the Bowery. We look forward to welcoming our Fellows in our new space. The Forum now occupies a bright third-floor suite with room to host meetings and gatherings. We welcome your ideas for programs that will activate our new home.