We gather designers, planners, developers and civic leaders to debate the defining issues facing our cities.
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How can we transform streets to build connected communities? As the city reopens, there is significant opportunity for designers, planners, policymakers, and community members to develop an inspiring strategy to permanently reclaim streets for all New Yorkers. Streets Ahead will convene working groups over a year to advance ideas and proposals to envision a more vibrant, equitable streetscape. Our workshops, events, and conversations will take place from summer 2021 through spring 2022.
Our sixth Forefront Fellowship explores how to foster food equity in every New York City neighborhood through the built environment. In partnership with the Department of City Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Food Policy, Fellows will visit neighborhoods across the five boroughs and make recommendations to strengthen community-based food infrastructure. How can we improve access to healthy, affordable, and culturally appropriate food and empower communities to shape their own food systems?
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.
Featured News ↓
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