Unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19, this event will be postponed until further notice. We will notify all registered guests when we are able to resume normal programming. We thank you for your understanding.

On May 19, Fellows are invited to join us for drinks and discussion with Deputy Mayor Jean-Louis Missika on the future of Paris’ urban design in response to climate change.

In recent years, the Parisian government has led a comprehensive approach to confront climate change through quality urban design. With its robust culture of competitions, Paris has inspired transformative solutions to reduce carbon emissions by reshaping the public realm.

To achieve clean air citywide, Paris has aggressively expanded its bike network, pedestrianized traffic-choked streets, and converted parking lots into public plazas. In order to mitigate extreme heat and heavy rain, Paris will plant lush, urban forests across public spaces like the Hôtel de Ville.

As New York City plans for the cascading impacts of climate change, what lessons can we learn from Paris’ approach to urban design to create resilient, livable neighborhoods?


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Attendance is restricted to Forum Fellows and their guests. Learn more about becoming a Fellow.


Our Sponsors ↓

This program is made possible through the support of Citi Community Development and our Director’s Circle and Fellows.

Shape our year-long inquiry and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers on developing a progressive agenda for the built environment. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


About Shape Shift

Clean Break is the seventh event for our Shape Shift series, a year-long inquiry into the current state of planning in New York City. As we approach the mayoral election cycle, the Forum will revisit historic planning shifts, survey international cities, and debate alternative approaches on ways the next mayor should shape the built environment to build a more equitable city.


Image Credit ↓

Guilhem Vellut