Changing the Narrative: Engaging and empowering the next generation

When:  Oct 4, 2021 from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM (ET)

Changing the Narrative: Engaging and Empowering the Next Generation

1 LU/HSW | free


After a popular makeshift skatepark in New Orleans was demolished, Transitional Spaces, a volunteer-based group of young skaters, approached
Tulane University’s Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design for help with developing a new one on city-owned land beneath a highway overpass. Ann Yoachim shares the story of how the university-based community design center engaged neighborhood residents, skaters, students, design professionals, and public agencies in a collaborative design/build process that created Parisite Skatepark, a2019 Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medalist. She and Anne-Marie Lubenau discuss the park's impact and the power of community-engaged design to affect change.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand and describe how investment in recreational amenities can address community welfare and affect economic, environmental, and social change
  • Discuss the value of engaging in collaborative partnerships in the planning, design, and development of inclusive, community-driven projects
  • Describe community-engaged design approaches and practices and how they empower and build the capacity of people and communities and improve quality of life
  • Discuss how university-based design centers are resources for cities, educate the next generation of designers, and influence the future of the practice
Anne-Marie Lubenau is dedicated to engaging people in the process of design and increasing understanding of the built environment and its impact on our lives. She is director of the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence, a national design award that recognizes transformative urban places distinguished by their economic and social contributions to American cities. Anne-Marie previously served as CEO of the Community Design Center of Pittsburgh and was a 2012 Harvard Loeb Fellow.

Ann Yoachim builds partnerships and supports meaningful change through research and interdisciplinary collaboration to shape built, natural and social environments that impact health and wellness. In her role as Professor of Practice at the Tulane School of Architecture and Director of the Small Center, Ann stewards collaborations between the Center and other Tulane departments, local and national peer institutions, government agencies, community-based organizations, local design practitioners, as well as local and national funders and donors.

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