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Design Advocacy


Brent Brown, AIA, bcWORKSHOP and Dallas CityDesign Studio
Emily Schmidt, bcWORKSHOP
David Whitley, Dallas CityDesign Studio
Shawn Williams, Dallas Office of the Mayor


CE Sessions
1.50 LUH


Saturday, November 9, 2013
11:30 am - 12:45 pm
Class Code: 110

Room / Location

Room 203 B / Convention Center Second Floor


Common issues affecting urban neighborhoods are easy to name: crime, blighted properties, vacant lots, aging and failing infrastructure, and a lack of healthy community spaces. Even the most organized neighborhood leaders and advocacy groups have difficulty in articulating a clear vision and implementing successful plans for community revitalization. Likewise, well-intentioned social service organizations often report short-lived benefits for their interventions, and municipal departments which tackle individual projects without respect to context cannot effectively allocate resources, duplicate services, and even risk alienating communities.

By connecting each of these levels, public interest design can serve as the tool for successful planning, policy and architecture. By coupling technical knowledge of the physical landscape with creative community engagement efforts, informed place-based strategies can be effectively implemented. Come learn about Dallas's efforts currently being undertaken by its municipal leadership, city staff, and non-profit designers.


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