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Starting on page 14 of this edition of Context magazine, published by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), you’ll find insights from five members of the city’s community development scene talking about the intersection of development, design and social justice. Participants highlight the importance of collaboration, and answer questions about the utility of national trends in funding and practice like creative placemaking and tactical urbanism. In this short piece, which is really a transcribed conversation, you’ll find nuggets of insight from practitioners like the idea shared by Angel Rodriguez that “in community development ‘design’ is just another word for ‘collaboration.’"
Artplace America, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Community Design Collaborative, Community Ventures, Drexel University, New Kensington Community Development Corporation, People’s Emergency Center, Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations.