Inclusion | Designers in the Community and Communities in the Studios

CDAT Blog Post | Community Design Action Team In her book “North of the River: A Brief History of North Fort Worth,” J’Nell Pate tells the story of the North Side. The title suggests that this part of the city was defined by its relationship to the Trinity River. In the foreword, Bob Schieffer, CBS journalist and North Side High School graduate, writes that “as America becomes more homogenized, fewer and fewer of our cities retain individual identities.” He continues, declaring that this is not true for the North Side, “which will never be mistaken for another place or even…

Community Design Blog: Engagement + Implementation 

In the Fall of 2018, the Latinos in Architecture Committee (LiA) was asked by City Councilwoman Shirley Gonzáles and San Antonio’s Center City Development and Operations Department to assist with community meetings in order to better understand how allocated funds for Plaza Guadalupe could be utilized. Plaza Guadalupe is a historic site located on the west side of San Antonio. The plaza, owned by the City of San Antonio and Managed by the Avenida Guadalupe Association (AGA), is a vital and valued space. It is the location of night markets, local festivals, and where Julián Castro chose to announce his presidential…

Community First: Bringing More Voices Into Design

Housing will never solve homelessness, but community will.​”​ This is the guiding belief of Alan Graham, founder of Community First! Village in Austin, Texas. Nestled just outside the city limits, the village is a master-planned community of microhomes, cottages, and RVs for individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. By Community First! Village’s definition, an individual is considered chronically homeless if they have experienced homelessness for at least a year while struggling with a disabling condition such as a serious mental illness or physical disability. Graham’s core tenet of community has guided the development of this radical neighborhood model, the foundation…