Join us for a discussion on designing an inclusive public realm under the next mayor with Seb Choe, Lindsay Harkema, Margaret Jankowsky, Inbar Kishoni, and Justin Garrett Moore. 

Thriving neighborhoods have beautiful parks, well-maintained plazas, lively high streets, and welcoming public buildings that encourage New Yorkers to gather and interact. Yet marginalized communities often lack accessibility or a sense of belonging to neighborhood public amenities.

To repair decades of exclusion from the design process, cities like Toronto and Vienna are beginning to redesign public space for women, seniors, children, BIPOC, and people with disabilities.

As we envision a new city under the next administration, how do we shape a democratic and accessible public realm that serves the most often excluded?

This event will be hosted on Zoom with Closed Captioning in English. If you need additional accessibility resources, including language interpretation, please reach out to

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About Shape Shift ↓

Shaping Complete Neighborhoods is the eighth 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 has revisited historic planning shifts, surveyed international cities, and debated alternative approaches on ways the next mayor should shape the built environment to build a more equitable city.

With the launch of 21 Visions for 2021, the Urban Design Forum will lead a series of events urging New York City’s next leaders to shape a more equitable planning, design and development process.