Communities all over the world are struggling to build effective strategies to address their key challenges, from climate change and equity to housing and revitalization. In response, the Communities by Design program brings together architects and other professional disciplines to work alongside the residents, professionals and institutions of host communities on key local issues. Every project is community-driven and includes meaningful public participation in an intensive process to match professional expertise with public values and aspirations for a place. Communities by Design is a program of the Architect's Foundation, the philanthropic partner of The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
The Center for Communities by Design is proud to be a partner this year to an Urban Thinkers Campus as part of the World Urban Campaign led by UNHABITAT. The theme of this event series is 'Language in the City: Re-imagining cities through the lens of Language'. This initiative is led by the Association for Collaborative Design (UK), in partnership with the Community Design Agency (India), The Bio-leadership Project (UK/Spain), the Landscape Institute (UK) and AIA's Center for Communities by Design.
In today's cities, the built environment often exhibits characteristics that create disproportionate burdens for racial minorities, women, youth, and sexual and gender minorities of all ages and abilities, reinforcing existing inequities with regard to accessibility, mobility, health and safety, resilience and other areas. This reality reflects a history of city design and planning that has largely excluded and disenfranchised racial minorities, women, youth, and sexual and gender minorities. This UTC Roundtable will introduce a dialogue between practitioners on ways to conceptualize the City We Need through more inclusive design and planning lenses, as well as provide comparative case studies/experiences that demonstrate practical applications for participants. The session will include information on resources and guidance for broader community application, challenging participants to put the ideas into use in their own work.
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