Design for Equity Article Series – Next City

Community Engaged Design in America

Design for Equity Article Series

Equity Collective

Recognizing that “working in the public interest is not enough,” a group of leading designers have come together to share reflections on how practitioners and firms can better advance equity through their work. “As our field matures we need to aspire to setting a higher bar of practice – from our individual projects, to our employment practices, to our methods of community engagement,” say Barbara Brown Wilson and Katie Swenson, “we have to think about how all aspects of our work can contribute to greater equity and social justice.” From theoretical issues such as defining key terminology to practical ideas like how to model a summer internship program for architecture looking to gain experience with community engaged design, this series offers great advice for designers looking for ways to responsibly incorporate a justice oriented approach in their own practice or in their workplace.

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Organizations Referenced

Enterprise Community Partners, University of Virginia School of Architecture, Center for Urban Pedagogy, Rose Center for Public Leadership, Skid Row Housing Trust, Surdna Foundation, Women.Design.Build, Studio O

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