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BEAT Forum 2021: How can we design equitable public spaces?

November 13 @ 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Not everyone experiences space the same way. Not all public spaces are equitable. Is inequity inherent in our built environments? What are equitable built environments? How do we imagine the future of public spaces and how they can be more equitable?

Social and environmental equity have a direct impact on improving opportunities for not only the historically disadvantaged populations, but also has the potential for economic prosperity for all.  In terms of physical space, fair access to environmentally safe places for residency, education, employment and full participation in the political and cultural life of the community is one of the greatest challenges that we as a society face today. Equitable Design has the power to problem solve on multiple levels including social situations.” (Sheng, 2016)*

This session will include short presentations by invited speakers from within the profession on the concept of equitable space, followed by a moderated discussion with panelists and an open Q&A. This discussion will assist attendees in identifying factors that can contribute to the creation of equitable spaces and will support them in the promotion, design, and advancement of equitable design.

*Sheng, Rosa (2016, August 30) Why Equity Matters for Everyone: A New Value Proposition For Design https://trimtab.living-future.org/trim-tab/why-equity-matters-for-everyone-a-new-value-proposition-for-design/

Speakers

Lorene Casiez, Accessibility and Wellness Practice Lead at BDP Quadrangle

Lori Brown, Professor and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Syracuse University School of Architecture

Tarisha Dolynuik, Partner, MJMA Architecture & Design

Zahra Ebrahim, CEO & Co-Founder, Monumental

Details

Date:
November 13
Time:
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Website:
http://www.beatoronto.com/events/beatforum2021/designing-equity

Organizer

Beat