Cities are for people. In the reinvestment and reinvention that has characterized urbanization over the last several years, urban designers, advocates, and city leaders have embraced this seemingly simple concept. From this basic mantra, many movements to evolve urban spaces as places for people have flourished.


  • How can we embrace universal design to encourage urban exploration no matter a person’s ability, age, or background?
  • How can spaces encourage authentic urban experiences? What is an authentic urban experience?
  • Through adaptive reuse, how can we reinvent historic buildings, transportation infrastructure, and other community assets?
  • How can we prioritize urban greening to enable greater wellness and sustainability?



Contrasting reviews on the influential and critically acclaimed Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution by former New York City Department of Transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan: