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 April 2, Fellows are invited to join us for drinks and discussion with Katrin Lompscher and Zellnor Myrie on the political groundswell behind recent rent legislation in Berlin and New York.

Since 2009, Berlin’s skyrocketing rents have led to increased displacement for long-term tenants. In order to combat worsening housing unaffordability, the local government passed a monumental rent freeze for five years on three quarters of Berlin’s private apartments. During this time, affordable housing will be preserved while new construction by city and private developers will be exempted.

Much like the advocates for New York’s recent rent legislation, Berlin residents pressed for radical reforms to shift power to tenants. With continued pressure from organizers, Berlin’s elected officials now seek to further expand affordability through municipalization of private apartments.

Following their presentations Katrin Lompscher and Zellnor Myrie will join Oksana Mironova to discuss: will Berlin’s price cap and New York’s tenant laws address the cities’ affordability crises? And how will the shift toward rent control in both cities shape future housing development?


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 Partners ↓

The Urban Design Forum is pleased to partner with Hunter College’s Urban Policy and Planning Department to present this event.


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

Power Shift is the sixth 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 ↓

Gunnar Klack