On May 13, join us for a lunchtime roundtable with Pooja Agrawal on how London is reshaping public design through Public Practice and the Mayor’s Design Advocates. 

Since 2017, Public Practice has embedded designers across London’s local authorities through its cohort-based placement program, fostering community engagement between the public sector and local residents. 

In order to further address the challenges facing the built environment, London’s mayor has appointed 50 Design Advocates, a group of distinguished architects and design professionals in the private sector developing rigorous design review for city led projects.

As London strengthens the role of design in local governance, what lessons can New York City learn to reshape planning for the public good?

This roundtable discussion will broadcast at 12:00pm in New York City and 5:00pm in London. Login details for Zoom will be emailed to registrants in advance of the conversation. 



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 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

Reshaping Public Design in London 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 ↓

Maxwell Hamilton