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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.
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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Forum News
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.
Forum News
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.