On November 1, join us as New York and London explore the relationship between private investment and public good.

The metric used to measure the value of development is often distilled down to money, yet more developers are starting to assess their value in a different way—addressing the “triple bottom line” of environmental, social, and economic sustainability.

Addressing a development’s social and environmental impact requires a nuanced assessment of value and “highest and best use”. How do we account for less tangible impacts of development, such as the effect on creativity, social cohesion, health, and wellbeing? How can good design help facilitate or mediate these impacts and drive the decision-making process?

London and New York will come together around these pressing questions, sharing examples and discussing current challenges. Special to this event, Van Alen’s International Council—a group of leading design professionals from around the world—will participate as they meet in New York to explore the relationship between private investment and public good, which began in London earlier in the year.

The live video seminar, taking place simultaneously in both cities, will begin promptly at 9:00am in New York, with breakfast from 8:30.


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. This event is open to the public, however Forum Fellows may register for free with the discount code: NYLON16.



About NYLON ↓

Hosted with New London Architecture, the Center for Architecture, and Kohn Pedersen Fox, our transatlantic exchanges bring together industry professionals in New York and London to share knowledge on key issues in both cities, from affordable housing policy to tall buildings.

This event is number sixteen in the NYLON series, a key part of our Global Exchange program. In association with New London Architecture, the Centre for Architecture, and Van Alen Institute, this live video seminar taking place simultaneously in both cities brings together speakers and audiences to foster cross-city dialogue and learning between London and New York.