On April 8, join our Forefront Fellows for a digital happy hour to celebrate their work on climate change and the built environment in New York City.

Over the past year, Forefront Fellows have investigated an array of design and equity challenges related to climate change in New York City. Fellows developed original proposals about climate change and public health, housing density, social cohesion, and urban systems.

We invite you to join us from home to celebrate the 2019 Forefront Fellows with presentations and discussion.



Program ↓
Design as Preventative Care
How can designers and healthcare professionals work together to mitigate the public health impacts of climate change?

Forefront Fellows: Cyrus Blankinship, Eileen Chen, Gregory Harasym, Catherine Joseph, Amritha Mahesh, Kathy Mu, Jill Schmidt

The Future Is Circular
How can the Inner Long Island Sound be a model for closing the loop on the city’s food, waste, and water systems?

Forefront Fellows: Lida Aljabar, Brandon Cappellari, Michael Izzo, Amy Macdonald, Rebecca Macklis, Autumn Visconti


Guest Policy ↓

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 Forefront ↓

Forefront is an annual initiative cultivating emerging leaders in urban design, development and policy. This year’s theme, Turning the Heat, explores how urban practitioners can advance climate justice principles across New York City.

This program is made possible through the support of Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and our Director’s Circle. To learn more, please contact Daniel McPhee, Executive Director, 646-928-0553 or daniel@urbandesignforum.org.


2020 Forefront Fellowship ↓

Our 2020 Fellowship, After Carbon, will explore how New York City’s commitment to clean energy will transform the built environment, advance economic democracy, and affirm environmental justice. Learn more and apply.


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