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

Current Initiatives ↓
Neighborhoods Now

Neighborhoods Now

In collaboration with the Van Alen Institute, Neighborhoods Now connects four neighborhoods hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with over twenty leading design firms and community health experts to develop safe and effective reopening strategies this summer.
Power After the Pandemic

Power After the Pandemic

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.
Shape Shift

Shape Shift

Our next mayor must transform New York City’s approach to urban design to achieve housing equity, economic justice, and environmental health. In our 2019-20 program, Shape Shift, we welcome you to share your vision for the built environment under the next mayor. This fall, we will revisit the historic planning shifts that have shaped our city today. Early next year, we will survey international cities pioneering social housing programs, economic regeneration strategies, and public realm revamps. And next spring, we will lead debates on alternative approaches to the present state of planning.
Featured News ↓
Forum News
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
Features
Urban Design Forum is pleased to announce that WIP Collaborative is the winner of Care for Hudson Square, a recovery initiative in partnership with Hudson Square Properties and Hudson Square Business Improvement District. Over the summer, the Urban Design Forum joined forces with Hudson Square Properties and Hudson Square BID to launch Care for Hudson More
Call for Ideas
In collaboration with the Van Alen Institute, Neighborhoods Now connects four neighborhoods hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with over twenty leading design firms and community health experts to develop safe and effective reopening strategies this summer.
Forum News
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