On May 29, we hosted a debate on the future of industrial zones in New York City with Andrew Chung, Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen, Toby Moskovits and Toby Sheppard Bloch.

Manufacturing districts were once active hubs for working class communities. But as traditional manufacturing stagnates, industrial business zones are attracting emerging sectors like last-mile logistics and life sciences. To balance the growth of these new businesses with traditional manufacturing, City agencies are reassessing industrial areas, such as the North Brooklyn IBZ.

While the City experiments with new zoning tools, how can we ensure manufacturing space in future mixed-use development? How can zoning better balance emerging sectors within industrial zones? What additional incentives are required to support new manufacturing hubs?

At our roundtable conversation, Andrew Chung, Armando Moritz-Chapelliquen, Toby Moskovits and Toby Sheppard Bloch proposed and debated bold proposals on the future of manufacturing zones in New York City.


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The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. Forum Fellows are welcome to invite one additional guest to attend.


About Work Force

Factoring In is the ninth event of our Work Force series. As the City implements the “New York Works” plan and rezones outer borough business and industrial districts, the Forum considers how creative zoning, public realm investments, and new infrastructure might enhance economic outcomes for all.

This program is made possible through the support of our Director's Circle. Shape our year-long inquiry and promote conversation between our Fellows and invited decision-makers. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553 or daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


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