On June 26, join us for a roundtable session bringing together the Neighborhoods Now working groups and diverse built environment and community heath experts.

The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color, and threatens to expand the racial wealth gap in neighborhoods that already lack access to resources as a result of long-term structural inequities. In response, the Urban Design Forum and the Van Alen Institute are collaborating to launch Neighborhoods Now, an initiative connecting four neighborhoods hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic with over twenty leading design firms and community health experts to develop safe and effective reopening strategies this summer.

To kickoff Neighborhoods Now, we are hosting a public forum with our participating designers and invited experts where we have invited our community partners in Bed-Stuy, Washington Heights, Kingsbridge and Jackson Heights to preview some of the economic and health challenges facing their neighborhoods. Then, to build foundational knowledge, we are welcoming an exciting panel of experts in epidemiology, materials science, economic development, land-use policy and hospitality to inspire the collaborative design process and inform our neighborhood recovery strategies.

This video discussion will take place at 9:00am EDT. Login details for Zoom will be emailed to registrants in advance of the conversation. 

View a recording of the event.


Guest Policy ↓

The Urban Design Forum promotes conversation between invited civic leaders, designers, developers and advocates. This program is open to both Neighborhoods Now working group participants and to the general public. Forum Fellows are encouraged to invite additional guests to participate. Learn more about becoming a Forum Fellow.


Support Neighborhoods Now ↓

To learn more about contributing towards Neighborhoods Now, including helping our community partners realize their recovery strategies, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, daniel@urbandesignforum.org.

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About Van Alen Institute ↓

Van Alen Institute envisions a world where cities, landscapes and regions support every human being’s full potential. To achieve this, we help communities build social and physical resilience through inclusive design. Building on 125 years of experience, we collaborate with communities, scholars, policymakers, and professionals on local and global initiatives that rigorously investigate the most pressing social, cultural, and ecological challenges of tomorrow. With a core belief in an interdisciplinary approach to design, the Van Alen team has backgrounds in urban planning, public health, civic advocacy, community engagement, and arts and culture.

Image Credit: Scott Kelley / Van Alen Institute