Community-Driven Design: Lessons from an Indigenous Practice


What are some concrete ways we can define community-driven design and the people it addresses?

One way: Architecture that promotes reliable, efficient, and sustainable alternative transportation systems helps exurban communities mobilize to participate in the economies of their regions. Another way: Social justice and equity-driven design help communities of color and vulnerable populations realize healthier outcomes, physiologically and economically.

This session features case studies and strategies for reducing health disparities, navigating regulatory and policy frameworks, and facilitating identity through regional architecture.

Learning objectives

  • Compare definitions of capacity building and community empowerment, and why they have emerged as key strategies for reducing health disparities and promoting public health.
  • Learn about indigenous methodologies, indigenous placemaking/placekeeping, and the vernacular intelligence of regional architectures that continue to facilitate First Nation and Native American identities.
  • Observe an interdisciplinary approach to understanding community needs, navigating regulatory and policy frameworks, and leveraging design to make a positive impact in real places.
  • Hear from Wanda Dalla Costa, AIA, and Lynne M. Dearborn, AIA, who adapted this session from an AIAU course on Design for Equitable Communities.

This course is part of a series

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 $25  member
1.00 LU
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