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The Shape of Cities to Come Institute (SCCI) invites organizers, activists, thinkers, cultural workers, writers, science nerds and artists from across New York City's grassroots communities and movements to work collectively as peers on shaping our cities through the STUDY. PLAY. ACT program.


SCCI peers will exchange experiences and knowledge, collectively unpack urban processes, build capacity through narrative organizing, workshop issues and nurture relationships with other committed folks. This journey will culminate in projects in communities across the city that grow on the peers’ existing work and practices. In cooperation with our partners, SCCI will offer a stipend and resources to participate in public programs, study sessions, retreats and collaborative initiatives.


We are an autonomous institute working in partnership with:

The New School/Parsons MS in Design and Urban Ecologies

The Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural and Educational Center


The New York Times’ Headway Initiative
Institute for Public Architecture (IPA)

Museum of the City of New York

Van Alen Institute

NYU Urban Democracy Lab

Incite at Columbia University

South Bronx Unite

The New School Parsons Housing Justice Lab


Mellon Foundation’s Humanities in Place Program



Recording out now!

Public Dialogue on Direct Actions

Sharing lessons from abolitionist and union militancies, Palestine solidarity, aiding asylum seekers, mutual aid operations, and more.


New York 2044: Launch Event at WhiteBox

Saturday, June 22, 2024

2:00-5:00 pm EDT

WhiteBox Art Space

9 Avenue B, New York, NY 10009


Join MoreArt for the launch of New York 2044, a speculative social sculpture by Noah Fischer. This issue features reports from the imaginations of New York's committed citizens, including SCCI co-founders and peers.

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Shape of Cities to Come Institute

The Shape of Cities to Come Institute is a New York City based co-learning and strategizing platform for urban activism that brings together experienced and powerful movement builders from many different worlds to shape equitable, compassionate and just cities. 

Are you a New Yorker working in your community to envision a radically better future for all?


Land Acknowledgment

SCCI is situated on the homeland of the Lenape (Lenapehoking) and we need to engage with the history of genocide and forced removal that the peoples of the First Nations have experienced. The Lenape are a diasporic people (which includes five federally recognized tribes—The Delaware Nation, The Delaware Tribe of Indians, Stockbridge-Munsee Community, Munsee-Delaware Nation, and Moravian of the Thames First Nation; and the five state-recognized Delaware Bay tribes in New Jersey and Delaware) that continues to live here in close connection with their land. This is a living acknowledgment that recognizes that New York City has one of the largest urban Native American and Indigenous populations in the United States.

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