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Diversifying Urban Design

GBCI: 0920014084

The Island Press Urban Resilience Project, supported by The Kresge Foundation and The JPB Foundation, is working to promote a holistic understanding of resilience that is grounding in equity and sustainability. This one hour course explores the dearth of diversity in urban design and planning—and its impact on our practice and the communities we create and serve.
Eligible for 1 CE HOUR.
  • 1 CE

Published on: August 15, 2017

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About

Sit at the tables where people are deciding where the new school will go, whether to expand the bus stop or if a new business can drop itself into a neighborhood, and the first question that comes to mind is, “Where are all the people of color?”

In 2017 it is—still—a fact that most folks who design, plan and build our cities lack the diversity found in those same places. Unsurprisingly, this lack of diversity can negatively impact the work of urban planners and designers. We are already starting to learn through research and community feedback that low income communities and communities of color often face disproportionally poor health outcomes, less opportunity to access jobs, and greater displacement.

Diversifying Urban Design is a one hour course by the Island Press Urban Resilience Project (URP) that features articles and video exploring the dearth of diversity in urban design and planning—and its impact on our practice and the communities we create and serve. Articles in this course were produced in collaboration with URP and featured in publications such as The Root, HuffPost, and Yes! Magazine. They can also be found on the Island Press Field Notes blog and on Medium. The video portion was recorded at the Congress for New Urbanism’s CNU25 conference in Seattle, Washington in May 2017.

Readers may also be interested in the book Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (release December 2017), as a supplemental resource. In addition, readers can visit islandpress.org/rm-giveaway to download a free resilience e-book.

To complete this course, view the video and read the articles available under "Additional Resources".

Objectives

  1. Explore the dearth of diversity in urban design and planning—and its impact on our practice and the communities we create and serve.
  2. Learn ways to build a pipeline of talent that better reflects the cities in which we live and work
  3. Understand how “diversity” can be counterproductive if not fully integrated into institutional commitments to anti-oppression
  4. Explore real-world examples illustrating how communities can come up with holistic solutions to complex challenges when fully engaged in the building and planning process.
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Island Press
Washington, DC
United States

Leaders

Shelley R. Poticha
Justin Garrett Moore
Ron Sims
Emily Talen
Jacqueline Patterson
Taj James
Rosa González
Charles D. Ellison
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