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Jamie von Klemperer to Become Chair; Margaret Newman to Become President. New York, NY – The Urban Design Forum, an independent membership organization convening civic leaders to debate urban affairs, announced today that James (“Jamie”) von Klemperer had been elected chair of the Board of Directors and Margaret Newman had been elected president of the More
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The Urban Design Forum is excited to announce our 2020 Class of Forum Fellows! Our 82 new Fellows are civic leaders shaping dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities around the world. As we build a community of experts wrestling with today’s complex urban challenges, we strive to highlight their creative solutions and exemplary projects across our More
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Our team at the Urban Design Forum urges our members to condemn anti-Asian hate and stand in solidarity with New York City’s AAPI communities. As architects, planners and developers, we have a responsibility to understand how anti-Asian racism across our nation’s history has shaped our cities.
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Forumites, At the Urban Design Forum, our focus may be shaping City Hall rather than the Halls of Congress, but we believe our mission is to strengthen our democracy. Design is powerful: it not only shapes our everyday experience; it inspires people to strive for a healthier, happier and more just society. As we begin More
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Forumites, Last week, I cast my vote in a community center in East Williamsburg. I scanned the room and saw people of every age, race, gender, ability, and origin cooperating with and caring for one another. It was a moment that made me proud to be a New Yorker — proud of what we’ve built More
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The Urban Design Forum and Van Alen Institute today launched neighborhoodsnow.nyc, a digital toolkit featuring more than 35 designs, guidelines, and strategies to aid safe reopening and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Each tool was created by neighborhood-specific working groups as part of Neighborhoods Now, a rapid-response initiative launched by the Forum and Van Alen in June. More
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About Neighborhoods Now In collaboration with the Urban Design Forum, Neighborhoods Now connects neighborhoods hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with leading design firms. In Bed-Stuy, Jackson Heights, Kingsbridge, and Washington Heights, these working groups are collaborating to develop safe and effective reopening strategies. The outcomes are a set of design recommendations, prototypes, and installations empowering More
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About Neighborhoods Now In collaboration with the Urban Design Forum, Neighborhoods Now connects neighborhoods hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with leading design firms. In Bed-Stuy, Jackson Heights, Kingsbridge, and Washington Heights, these working groups are collaborating to develop safe and effective reopening strategies. The outcomes are a set of design recommendations, prototypes, and installations empowering communities to More
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About Neighborhoods Now In collaboration with the Urban Design Forum, Neighborhoods Now connects neighborhoods hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic with leading design firms. In Bed-Stuy, Jackson Heights, Kingsbridge, and Washington Heights, these working groups are collaborating to develop safe and effective reopening strategies. The outcomes are a set of design recommendations, prototypes, and installations empowering communities to More
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Arup, Design Advocates, Gensler, Stantec, and Woods Bagot collaborated with CLOTH. Together, they proposed all-weather outdoor dining design, flexible outdoor retail displays, and a “kits of parts” for outdoor education. The working group recently installed one of their outdoor dining prototypes, and are working on more outdoor furniture, barriers, and planters.
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COOKFOX, Design Advocates, MNLA, Perkins & Will, Scalar Architecture, and Studio Libeskind collaborated with NWBCCC. Together they proposed an action plan that includes collaboration with local artists and youth groups and outdoor activations such as pop-up markets. The working group organized a seminar for small businesses on how to apply for relief loans, and are now also sourcing materials for Word Up Community Bookshop’s programming.
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ARO, Design Advocates, LTL, MOS, nARCHITECTS, LTL, and SO-IL collaborated with the 82nd Street Partnership. Together, they helped several restaurants participate in the city’s Open Restaurant program, and are looking toward the future with a pandemic-era reinvention of the beloved annual Viva La Comida festival.
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AE Superlab, Farzana Gandhi Design Studio, James Corner Field Operations, JB&B, and KPF collaborated with Restoration to imagine Fulton Street as a major public space linking slow streets, existing plazas, and repurposed vacant lots and storefronts. They are now sourcing materials for outdoor pop-up seating and murals to celebrate the neighborhood’s strengths.
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Design Advocates, Grimshaw, Jaklitsch/Gardner, Moody Nolan, and W Architecture collaborated with the Bed Stuy Gateway BID. The working group is currently implementing hand sanitizer stations in public spaces and recently organized a mediation between landlords and small businesses owners to aid with lease negotiations.
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The Urban Design Forum is excited to announce some new internal changes to our team!
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Each year the Forum selects a diverse cohort of emerging leaders in urban design, development, policy, and advocacy to investigate how design can address a social or political challenge facing New York City. This year’s interdisciplinary cohort will explore how to support minority- and women-owned businesses through climate investment and advance new ideas on the role of urban More
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On behalf of our team at the Urban Design Forum, we want to state that we support the Black Lives Matter movement in confronting police brutality and affirming the dignity and safety of our Black neighbors. We stand in solidarity with the demonstrators, and entreat our elected officials to listen and act on their demands.
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Over the last few weeks, our team of four has been working on a plan to mobilize our community to assist with the reopening and recovery of our city. Though we learn new information every day, we are not sitting still.
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Every year the Forum selects the next generation of urban leaders to investigate how design can address a social or political challenge facing New York City. This year's interdisciplinary cohort will study the intersections of race, class and climate change, and advance new ideas on the role of urban design in a just transition.
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We celebrated our 40th anniversary this year with our most ambitious year to date, leading 35 events across six major inquiries. Thank you again for your extraordinary support for the Forum.
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On our 40th Anniversary, the Urban Design Forum begins a new chapter on the Bowery. We look forward to welcoming our Fellows in our new space. The Forum now occupies a bright third-floor suite with room to host meetings and gatherings. We welcome your ideas for programs that will activate our new home.
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The Urban Design Forum is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its board of directors: Vincent Chang, Patrice Derrington, Margaret Newman, Nader Tehrani and Weston Walker.
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We are thrilled to announce our third class of Forefront Fellows. The Forefront Fellowship promotes the next generation of urban leaders. This year's interdisciplinary cohort will explore how urban design can support homeless populations, engage host communities and end cycles of homelessness.
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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.
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The Urban Design Forum announced today that James (“Jamie”) von Klemperer has been elected board president, effective immediately. Jamie succeeds Hugh Hardy, who served as president for two years before his unexpected passing in March 2017.
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We are thrilled to announce our second class of Forefront Fellows. The Forefront Fellowship promotes the next generation of urban leaders. The cohort will gather monthly, share work, and debate critical issues facing immigrant communities in New York City.
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The Urban Design Forum joins the civic community in mourning the loss of Hugh Hardy, who passed away on March 17. Hugh served as a member of our Board for over two decades, and as president of our Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017.
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Our mission of shaping dynamic, equitable, and resilient cities is both more pertinent and fragile than ever. We remain committed to creating a venue where civic leaders can safely and candidly advance their ideas. And we will work harder than ever to ensure that all voices are represented – especially those missing a seat at the table.
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Designed and developed by Partner & Partners, our new site presents our fellows, events, proposals, and publications on a more flexible and accessible platform.
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The Urban Design Forum is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to its board of directors: Michelle Delk, Abby Hamlin, Dev Hawley, Frank Sciame, and Beatrice Sibblies.
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Forefront is a new initiative dedicated to promoting the next generation of urban leaders. Over the next nine months, 22 professionals under the age of 40 will gather monthly, share work, and debate critical issues facing New York City. 
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The Urban Design Forum today announced the launch of Forefront, a new initiative dedicated to cultivating emerging urban leaders under the age of 40. Beginning this year, UDF will invite 20 individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to building thriving, equitable and livable cities to become Forefront Fellows.
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The Forum + Institute for Urban Design announced that it has changed its name to Urban Design Forum, effective immediately. The new name represents the merger of the Forum for Urban Design and the Institute for Urban Design, which joined operations in March 2014.
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The Forum joins many in the architectural community in mourning the loss of Paul Katz, 57, who passed away suddenly on November 20 from complications to cancer treatment. He was recently elected President of the Board of Directors.
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We are pleased to announce that the Forum for Urban Design and Institute for Urban Design have joined forces, effective March 13, 2014. With our newly strengthened membership, we look forward to energized debate around building dynamic, competitive, and cooperative cities.