On April 1, 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 ↓
People-Powered Solutions to Build Community Resilience
What community-led resiliency strategies could be adopted on public housing campuses?

Forefront Fellows: Digser Abreu, Rhonda-Lee Davis, Dorraine Duncan, Lydia Gaby, Gloria Lau, Manuela Powidayko

Just Climate, Just Housing
How can New York City develop a fair-share approach to solving its housing crisis and strengthening climate resiliency?

Forefront Fellows: Abraham Bendheim, Renée Crowley, Mike Harrington, Pallavi Mantha, Mallory Taub


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.


Image Credits ↓

1) Yoav Aziz on Unsplash
3) Yoav Aziz on Unsplash, modified by Forefront Fellows