The Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) promotes and fosters the exchange of information and knowledge between members, professional organizations, and the public for high-quality planning, design, and delivery of justice architecture.
Many of you attended the visioning sessions at #AAJ15. It was very exciting to have the room full of justice design experts ranging from architects to developers, social workers to the urban impact lab, from correction commissioners to mental health psychologists, to even people from the DA's office! Wow!! So many people want to see reform and are coming together in unity to create the best solution for a rapidly changing field.
I'd like to continue and expand the discussion to those that were and were not in attendance....can you share your thoughts on any/all of the below questions?
***Please remember these discussion guidelines shared within the visioning sessions:
1. All perspective and ideas add to the conversation in a meaningful way
2. Critique should be constructive and about ideas, not individuals
3. If responding or building off a comment, it is helpful to repeat back "I hear you saying..." to ensure the correct interpretation
4. Asking for clarification is always a good idea (sometime a person may write something that would come across completely different if spoken)
5. Bring love and a healthy sense of humor
Let's continue the discussion! Continue to bring momentum to see change! Let's do our part.
I wasn't able to attend the Saturday session, but did attend the Friday sessions. I wish there was a little more opportunity to interact, but I understand a certain structure had to be maintained for the recording. The "restorative justice" (RJ) discussion in Friday morning's session was mind-numbingly fascinating to me... and in fact has continued to ring through my mind as one of the most pragmatic solutions to reducing incarceration AND recidivism rates while respecting the rights of victims and perpetrators simultaneously.
After doing some quick research over the weekend, RJ is well established. However, very few of the "correctional experts" in my circle knew what it is or how it works. It may be the game changer or at least a part of the changing face of the criminal justice system that is so desperately needed in our society.
Does anyone know the architect's name who was there and briefly presented the concept of restorative justice?
Hi, Gordon –
Thanks for sharing the impact of that session. I, too, felt expanded and unsettled (in a good way)! The Saturday sessions were very powerful as well. The architect that you refer to is Deanna Van Buren of FOURM design studio. Here's a link to her website: http://www.fourmdesignstudio.com/
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You can also follow some of the dialogue on Friday & Saturday by looking at #builtjustice - this hashtag was used during all the visioning sessions as Urban Impact Lab logged parts of the conversation via twitter. Thanks for sharing your experience and choosing to continue the education and research toward a better solution.