Equity by Design: Connecting with Underserved Communities in Your Design Process

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Contemporary planning may often require landscape architects to engage diverse and underrepresented communities during the design process to build consensus and positive change. Communities that are under-resourced or politically marginalized have long struggled to have a seat at the table for planning and development projects in their neighborhood. Design teams may face challenges in building trust and creating productive working relationships across real and perceived divides between community residents, local government, and community partners. This session will offer designers a menu of tools to develop trust between non-traditional partners, deepen historical and cultural understanding, and elevate community voices resulting in a richer, more robust and meaningful design outcome.
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Housing & Community Design
Urban Planning & Design
Health, Safety and Welfare
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1. Select from a menu of tools to effectively engage underrepresented communities.
2. Elevate community voices in the design process and outcome.
3. Identify community priorities for cultural and historical themes to deepen the design outcome.
Vernice Miller-Travis, Senior Associate, Skeo; Alisa Hefner, Senior Associate, Skeo
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