Signature Cause: FutureShape

Cyclists ride along the recently developed Chicago Riverwalk, which features recreational infrastructure, restaurants, and numerous pedestrian seating areas along the Chicago River. The double-decker DuSable Bridge sits overhead. Photo by Kelly Wilson.

The APA Foundation exists to deepen and spread the impact of planning across all our communities. To support this effort the APA Foundation has announced its first Signature Cause, FutureShape.

FutureShape will bring together thought leaders, planners, officials, and funders to build an authoritative blueprint for the impact of planning in the 21st century. Support from the APA Foundation will fuel efforts to make FutureShape a new resource for planners and other stakeholders.

FutureShape is unlike anything we have embarked on before: an effort to develop a definitive and strategic framework and research priorities along with evidence-based tools to guide actionable solutions and equip planners to help communities plan for and adapt to future challenges.