This collection of original projects developed by the Urban Design Forum’s Forefront Fellows addresses how climate investment can spur an equitable economic recovery in New York City. Through Cooperative Works, our Fellows explored how to develop innovative financing for green cooperatives, build community power through hyper-local networks, and scale green entrepreneurship. In the Fall 2020, in More

21 Visions for 2021

Publication ▻ Shape Shift
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
(January 22, 2020—New York City) —Urban Design Forum is pleased to release its latest report, Cooperative Works: Equitable Business Development for Building Retrofits, exploring how to deepen New York City’s climate commitments through investment in minority-owned businesses and workers of color.  This fall, the Urban Design Forum partnered with the Office of the Deputy Mayor More
This collection presents the work completed by the Urban Design Forum addressing climate justice issues in New York City through the 2019-2020 Forefront Fellowship. Through Turning the Heat, Fellows developed original design and policy proposals on creating circular economic and sustainable models in NYC, developing community resiliency within NYCHA housing, factoring design into preventative care, More
In 2018-19, the Urban Design Forum’s Forefront Fellows investigated the homelessness crisis in New York City. This compilation presents the original design and policy proposals developed by the Fellows and accompanying interviews with subject-matter experts.
In 2017-18, we invited our Fellows and other experts to consider the question of maintaining New York City’s essential infrastructure: its open spaces, roadways, subway stations, public housing, commercial corridors, and green infrastructure.
We are pleased to publish our second class of Forefront Fellows' original design and policy proposals to empower emerging and historic immigrant neighborhoods in New York City.
In the fall of 2016, the Urban Design Forum invited its Fellows and experts to help us craft a vision for the future of mobility in New York City. Within these pages, you’ll find an inventory of imaginative thinking on what our city’s transportation landscape could be.
Our inaugural Forefront class spent the past year meeting with Carto, Intersection, Kickstarter, Sidewalk Labs, and NYU CUSP to discuss how smart city technology is changing the way we experience and build cities. We are excited to publish the cohort's proposals, ideas and critiques on design in the digital era.

Next New York

Publication ▻ Next New York (2013)
During the spring of 2013, the Urban Design Forum invited distinguished civic leaders, developers and designers to pitch bold visions for a more competitive, livable and sustainable New York. The result was a collection of forty courageous proposals imagining rebuilt infrastructure, reformed government, and an animated public realm.
The By the City/For the City projected started with a simple idea: anybody that has walked the streets of New York has at one point imagined how the built form could be changed to make a better city. This publication is an index of the 602 ideas that the general public submitted, and they cover topics such as accessibility, beauty, connectivity, enjoyment, and social equity.
In May 2007, the Cities Conference on Urban Design gathered for the first time the chief planners of Boston, London, New York, Singapore, Toronto, and Vancouver. Over the course of two days, at a variety of venues in Manhattan, they examined common challenges, shared urban design strategies and argued over what defines a successful city.