How We Work

Through convenings, fellowships, special projects and partnerships, we energize creative approaches to urban issues.

Next New York

We rally New Yorkers to confront the defining issues facing the city. We gather our Fellows for candid conversations and convene working groups to develop forward-thinking policy ideas.


Our annual professional fellowship cultivates emerging leaders in urban design, development, policy, and advocacy. Our Fellows investigate how design can address a social or political urban challenge.

Global Exchange

We foster dialogue between New York and other cities pioneering new approaches to housing, infrastructure and open space.

Community Design

We support community leaders in executing their visions, train designers in community engagement, and share lessons with policymakers to encourage equitable planning.

Special Projects

In addition to our annual programming, our special projects promote the role of urban design to the greater public.


We host exclusive tours of key projects under construction in New York City with their designers, developers and builders.