Design for Equity at ABX2016, in partnership with 100 Resilient Cities, Mel King Institute, Sustainable Soultions Lab and UMass Boston, NAACP, and City of Boston was a day-long curriculum exploring how racial and social inequity are manifested in urban planning and the built environment, and the tools designers and practitioners can develop to promote more just and inclusive communities.
This topic has never been more salient for the City of Boston. The Mayor’s Office of Resilience and Racial Equity, supported through the work of the 100 Resilient Cities Initiative, recently declared racial inequity as a pressing resilience issue facing the city.
The Design for Equity curriculum addressed the history and legacy of racial inequity in the built environment as created through urban design, zoning, policy, planning, and financing. The day featured leading practitioners and academics on equity and the built environment, who explored how design and planning can promote racial equity through existing processes, and perhaps reveal new approaches to our work. Participants cultivated new ways to think about the roles that private, public and community stakeholders can play in achieving more equitable outcomes in their work.
The learning from the day was developed and tested through a hands-on application at the Design for Equity charrette the following day.
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