Shape Shift

New York City can transform its approach to urban design to achieve housing equity, economic justice, and environmental health. Since 2019, we gathered experts to study historical planning policies, convened national and international leaders advancing radical planning reforms, and mobilized our Fellows to reimagine the city’s planning process. The culminating agenda, 21 Visions for 2021, serves as a resource and call to action for New York City’s next leadership.
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Join us for a discussion on designing an inclusive public realm under the next mayor with Seb Choe, Lindsay Harkema, Margaret Jankowsky, Inbar Kishoni, and Justin Garrett Moore.  Thriving neighborhoods have beautiful parks, well-maintained plazas, lively high streets, and welcoming public buildings that encourage New Yorkers to gather and interact. Yet marginalized communities often lack More
Join us in discussion with Sam Assefa, Director of Seattle’s Office of Planning & Community Development. After the discussion, Moses Gates, Annie Levers, and Beatrice Sibblies will join as respondents. In 2015, Seattle’s elected officials passed the 2035 Comprehensive Plan, a guide to future neighborhood growth. The 20-year roadmap framed planning, design and development initiatives More
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.

Ruled Out

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On December 17, Fellows joined us for drinks and discussion on how historic racial planning policies produced the spatial inequalities of New York City today.

Rules of Engagement

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On November 20, Fellows were invited for drinks and discussion on the history of the community planning process in New York City.

Ground Rules

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On October 28, David Karnovsky, V. Mitch McEwen, Jack Robbins, and Ben Carlos Thypin discussed the history and future of zoning in New York City.
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21 Visions for 2021

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New York City can transform its approach to urban design to achieve housing equity, economic justice, and environmental health. Since its initial launch in 2019, Urban Design Forum’s Shape Shift series explored challenges and opportunities for the future of design and development in New York City. We gathered experts to study historical planning policies and More