Professional Practice

Urban Design Forum Forefront Fellowship 2019-2020

Date: 4/17/2019 - 4/17/2020

Type: Competitions / Awards

LA CES approved?: No

Location(s): New York

Description: While extreme heat threatens all New Yorkers, its impacts are not evenly distributed. The design of a neighborhood shapes its risk, from land use and building density to green infrastructure and surface materials. Heat vulnerability is also a social and economic challenge: poverty, race, social isolation, and personal mobility are among the leading predictors of mortality.

Our 2019 Fellowship, Turning the Heat, explores how urban design can confront the climate risks facing vulnerable neighborhoods in New York City.

In the first phase, Fellows will partner with the Mayor’s Office of Resiliency to survey neighborhoods, study buildings, interview local and international stakeholders, and produce creative research on mitigating heat.

In the second phase, Fellows will work in independent teams to investigate broader environmental justice challenges facing neighborhoods in New York City.

Forefront Fellows are emerging architects, landscape architects, community advocates, planners, developers, public officials, civic leaders, technologists, economists, data analysts, scholars and journalists who are advancing dynamic, equitable and resilient cities. They typically have 5-10 years of work experience and must live or work in the five boroughs of New York City for the duration of the Fellowship.

Traditionally underrepresented groups in planning and design such as women, people of color, and professionals with diverse community experience are strongly encouraged to apply.


Julia Lent

Maxine Artis

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