Unfortunately, due to the spread of the coronavirus, this event will be postponed until further notice. When we are able to resume normal programming, we will notify all registered guests. We thank you for your understanding.

On March 19, join Jainey Bavishi, Mark Chambers, and the 2019 Forefront Fellows for a discussion and an exhibition on climate change and the built environment.

Over the past year, Forefront Fellows have investigated an array of design and equity challenges related to climate change in New York City. Last summer, they partnered with the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency to explore the relationship between the built environment and heat vulnerability. In the coming months, we will publish their report featuring recommendations on how to retrofit buildings, improve open space, and strengthen social infrastructure.

In the fall and winter, Fellows independently studied broader climate change challenges. Informed by stakeholder interviews, case study research, and policy analysis, Fellows developed original proposals about climate change and public health, housing density, social cohesion, and urban systems.

Following quick-fire presentations from the Forefront Fellows and a panel conversation with Jainey Bavishi and Mark Chambers, guests will engage Fellows in conversation and tour an exhibition featuring their original design and policy proposals.


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.


Forefront Fellows ↓

Gathering Towards Resilience
Digser Abreu, NYCHA
Rhonda-Lee Davis, Lantern Community Services
Dorraine Duncan, HR&A Advisors
Lydia Gaby, HR&A Advisors
Gloria Lau, Stantec
Manuela Powidayko, NYC Planning

Design as Preventative Care
Cyrus Blankinship, NYU CUSP
Eileen Chen, Dattner Architects
Gregory Harasym, MTA
Catherine Joseph, 3XN Architects
Amritha Mahesh, NYC Planning
Kathy Mu, Grimshaw Architects
Jill Schmidt, Brooklyn Navy Yard

Towards an Adaptive System for Equitable Urban Density
Abraham Bendheim, Studio Gang
Renée Crowley, NYC Compost Project
Mike Harrington, The New School
Pallavi Mantha, Arup
Mallory Taub, Gensler

The Future is Circular: Closing the Loop on Urban Systems
Lida Aljabar, NYC HPD
Brandon Cappellari, Bjarke Ingels Group
Michael Izzo, Hines
Amy Macdonald, Thornton Tomasetti
Rebecca Macklis, NYC PDC
Autumn Visconti, Bjarke Ingels Group

Meet the 2019 Forefront Fellows ►


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.