Queries & Theories: Creating Equitable Communities

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Queries & Theories: Creating Equitable Communities

For our second Queries & Theories webcast (hosted live on June 18, 2020), Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT moderates as Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, social psychiatrist, author, and professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School, and Saundra Little, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA, Director of Diversity & Inclusion and Principal at Quinn Evans, discuss social equity challenges in American cities, new models for revitalization, and how architects can serve as civic leaders.

Climate action will require retooling the built environment. This also presents an opportunity to address intransigent cultural, social, economic, and environmental issues in our communities. Our “Creating Equitable Communities” thought leaders explore:

How has the pandemic affected vulnerable communities, and what does this disruption reveal about our social networks?

What is the new relevance of the skill sets that architects bring to disrupted communities?

With Detroit as a case study, how can we effectively engage communities and address problems at the neighborhood scale? Can we come together for collective purpose?

Watch our Queries & Theories: Session 2, Creating Equitable Communities webcast recording below.

View the transcript here.

Learn More About the Speakers

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, MD, is an award-winning social psychiatrist and professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School. Her research focuses on the ways social and environmental factors affect the mental health of communities. Dr. Fullilove is the author of several books, including Urban Alchemy: Restoring Joy in America’s Sorted Out Cities and Root Shock: How Tearing Up City Neighborhoods Hurts America and What We Can Do About It. She is an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.

Saundra Little, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA is Director of Diversity & Inclusion and a principal in the Quinn Evans Detroit office. She specializes in the revitalization of the urban realm, advocating for the preservation of the unique heritage of local neighborhoods. Saundra’s transformative designs include infill developments, renovations, and adaptive use projects that enhance community resilience and the economic and long-term value of properties.

Carl Elefante, FAIA, FAPT is Quinn Evans Principal Emeritus. The former president of the AIA, he is a longtime champion of sustainable design and stewardship and a pioneer in design concepts for historic and environmental preservation.

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