Spotlight events invite Forefront Fellows working in similar areas to present current projects for reflection and feedback from their peers. Our first spotlight event will focus on Fellows working to create new forms of meaningful community engagement. As our invited guest critic, Urban Design Forum Fellow and new Executive Director of the NYC Public Commission Justin Garrett Moore will moderate a discussion following the presentations.

Ifeoma Ebo, NYC Department of Design and Construction
Development of guiding principles exploring the intersection of Equity and Design as it applies to Public Buildings, Plazas and Infrastructure for the Department of Design and Construction.

Oscar Nuñez, Center for Urban Pedagogy
Two CUP projects that aim to make NYC more accessible to people with disabilities

Lindsey Realmuto, New York Academy of Medicine
Developing a health impact assessment for an East Harlem Neighborhood Plan at the New York Academy of Medicine

Lena Afridi, Association for Neighborhood Housing and Development
Roadmap for Equitable Economic Development: A chart and an interactive map that provides access to data that holistically portrays the current economic landscape of New York at the citywide and neighborhood level

Alan Waxman, Alan Waxman Ecosocial Design
Ecosocial design: adapting our “urban rhythms” at various scales from inside a socio-ecological system

The event will be held at New Inc, the first museum-led incubator for art, design and technology. Housed adjacent to the New Museum, New Inc is a shared workspace and professional development program that brings together more than 100 cultural practitioners and creative entrepreneurs, including anchor tenants Columbia University’s GSAPP Incubator and Rhizome. Two New Inc tenants, Drew Seskunas, co-founder of The Principals and Matthew Neiderhauser, founder of Sensorium Works will kick off the evening with a brief introduction of their work.