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Working with Underserved Communities

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The United States is seeing a resurgence in urban population. Many communities in and around Pittsburgh are seeing a renewed interest in old housing stock or tracts of land, and architects can play a large role in their responsible redevelopment.

This course will focus on ways that architects can provide expertise to underserved communities. Presenters will explore examples of programs that have been developed to help distressed communities turn the corner, maintain their existing population, and plan for growth. Lastly, the presenters will discuss ways to provide for a diverse population, help develop a community's assets, and set goals for implementation.

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Working with Underserved Communities

  1. 1. AIA Pittsburgh Provider No. A217 Working with Underserved Communities Course Number Karen Abrams Brittany Reno Patrick Shattuck April 12, 2018
  2. 2. Credit(s) earned on completion of this course will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request. This course is registered with AIA CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product. _______________________________________ ____ Questions related to specific materials, methods, and services will be addressed at the conclusion of this presentation.
  3. 3. The United States is seeing a resurgence in urban population. Many communities in and around Pittsburgh are seeing a renewed interest in old housing stock or tracts of land. Architects can play a large role in their responsible redevelopment. This course will focus on ways that architects can provide our expertise to underserved communities. We will explore examples of programs that have been developed to help distressed communities turn the corner, maintain their existing population, and plan for growth. We will discuss ways to provide for a diverse population, help develop a community's assets, and set goals for implementation. Course Description
  4. 4. Learning Objectives 1. Describe successful programs that have revitalized communities. 2. Provide for inclusivity in diverse community populations. 3. Enumerate non-traditional roles that architects may play in community revitalization. 4. Strategize implementation of goals to maintain an existing population and plan for growth. At the end of the this course, participants will be able to:
  5. 5. Karen Abrams Equitable Development Program Officer The Heinz Endowments SOCIAL + SPACIAL JUSTICE IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT
  6. 6. DISINVESTED NEIGHBORHOODS BLANK CANVAS
  7. 7. “Christopher Columbus Syndrome” • A phrase coined by movie director and Brooklyn native, Spike Lee in 2014 • The myth of the American pioneer/ frontiersman • Rugged individualism • “American Greatness” – The First – The Only – The Best – The Biggest Manifestation via architecture – monuments to wealth, privilege and power
  8. 8. Who’s story will you tell in the “new urban frontier”? 20th century urban redevelopment strategy: • Developer-driven in scope • Exclusively thinking of new residents • In isolation 21st century urban investment strategy • People-centered: part of larger holistic strategy • Neighborhood-driven with mix of existing and new residents • Embrace of existing culture” “There’s always a ‘THERE’ there.”
  9. 9. Equity in the Built Environment • The practice of “design justice” • Explore affinity groups in the field • Go to community meetings • Teach residents about your work • Find neighborhood “historian” • Take lots of neighborhood tours • Listen to hip-hop music
  10. 10. Exemplary Urban Justice Design Programs • UDREAM – CMU Remaking Cities Institute • p4 Principles • Design Justice Network • Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) • Hip-hop Architect Michael Ford • Black in Design Conference – Harvard Graduate School of Design • Just City Lab – Harvard Graduate School of Design • just not the same – (justnotthesame.us) • MIT CoLab • The Heinz Endowments
  11. 11. This concludes The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education Systems Course Karen Abrams Program Officer, Equitable Development The Heinz Endowments kabrams@heinz.org 412-338-2632 (office) 412-737-2510 (work cell) www.heinz.org

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