Landscape Design in Underserved Communities

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Part 1 Mickey Fearn: Landscape design can promote solutions to gripping challenges like environmental justice and social equity. This lecture will examine the influence historically of black communities on our landscapes and offer contemporary context, exploring case studies that provide insight to practitioners and inspire future work in these critical areas. Part 2 Alexa Bosse: To work outside of standard practice in community engaged design requires a shift in mindset as well as specialized tools and skills. Alexa Bosse, a public interest designer with experience in both non- and for-profit realms, will explore practical strategies for socially equitable approaches to design, including through incremental placemaking and community planting events. Part 3 Panel Alexa Bosse, Mickey Fearn, Charles Birnbaum: Panelists will explore issues of social justice in design, including ways of engaging diverse communities and achieving equity in designed landscapes.
Blue Bell, PA
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Health, Safety and Welfare
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- Increase awareness of how environmental justice and social equity has been defined the context of landscape design.
- Develop new ideas for meaningful community engagement and learn how to gain trust in communities through storytelling and listening.
- Understand the range of assessment tools for evaluating social impact of design processes.
- View case studies framing future explorations of environmental justice, social equity, and landscape design.
Kofi Boone, Alexa Bosse, & Charles Birnbaum
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Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

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