Urban Design Organizations

  1. Van Alen Institute

    Van Alen Institute

    Van Alen Institute is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving design in the public realm through a program of exhibitions, competitions, publications, workshops, and forums, and is an advocate for active and accessible waterfronts.

  2. Center for Urban Pedagogy

    Center for Urban Pedagogy

    The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) is a nonprofit organization that uses the power of design and art to increase meaningful civic engagement. CUP projects demystify the urban policy and planning issues that impact our communities, so that more individuals can better participate in shaping them. We believe that increasing understanding of how these systems work is the first step to better and more diverse community participation.

  3. Community Design Collaborative

    Community Design Collaborative

    The Community Design Collaborative is a community design center that provides pro bono predevelopment design services to nonprofit organizations, offers unique volunteer opportunities for design professionals, and raises awareness about the importance of design in community revitalization.

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    beam, a creative organisation based in Wakefield, Yorkshire, is dedicated to the imaginative understanding and improvement of the public realm - our urban and rural streets, buildings, parks, housing estates and public spaces. beam operates nationally, regionally, and locally, offering professional services and programmes in education and training, community engagement, project management, consultancy & research, public art in all media, conferencing and events.

  5. Center for an Urban Future

    Center for an Urban Future

    Center for an Urban Future is a New York City-based think tank that fuses journalistic reporting techniques with traditional policy analysis to produce in-depth reports and workable policy solutions on the critical issues facing our cities.

  6. Urban Land Institute

    Urban Land Institute

    The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide responsible leadership in the use of land in order to enhance the total environment. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 30,000 members representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.


    Washington, DC, United States
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    Municipal Art Society of New York

    The Municipal Art Society of New York, founded in 1893, is a non-profit membership organization committed to making New York a more livable city through education, dialogue and advocacy for intelligent urban planning, design and preservation.


    New York, NY, United States
  8. Kounkuey Design Initiative

    Kounkuey Design Initiative

    Kounkuey Design Initiative is a community development and design nonprofit. We partner with under-resourced communities to advance equity and activate the unrealized potential in their neighborhoods and cities.

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    Nashville Civic Design Center

    Founded in 2000, the Nashville Civic Design Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the quality of the built environment and to promote public participation in the creation of a beautiful and functional city for all.

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    Design That Matters

    Design that Matters (DtM), a Massachusetts nonprofit, helps underserved communities realize an improved quality of life by creating products and services that meet needs identified by the communities themselves.

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    Project for Public Spaces

    Nonprofit technical assistance, research, and educational organization whose mission is to create and sustain public places that build communities.

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    Local Government Commission

    A nonprofit organization working to build livable communities. Covers topics including community design, economic development, sustainable energy sources, transportation, and waste prevention.

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    Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region

    The Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR) encompasses the western 6 counties of Upper Michigan including Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon. WUPPDR provides services to local units of government throughout the region from our office in downtown Houghton.

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    Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization

    Located in Yuma, Arizona, the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization (YMPO) is focused on establishing a comprehensive, coordinated, and continuing transportation planning process for all of Yuma County.

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    An international association of global cities working towards developing solutions to issues affecting large cities such as urban planning and development, the economy, the environment, transport, infrastructure and communications.