Resilience for All: Striving for Equity through Community-Driven Design

APA Virginia Chapter


Monday, September 24, 2018
noon - 1 p.m. EDT

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In the United States, people of color are disproportionally more likely to live in environments with poor air quality, in close proximity to toxic waste, and in locations more vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. Further, residents with low socio-economic status are often displaced from their neighborhoods as they improve. In many vulnerable neighborhoods, structural racism and classism prevent residents from having a seat at the table when decisions are made about their community. In an effort to overcome power imbalances and ensure local knowledge informs decision-making, a new approach to community engagement is essential. In this webinar, author Barbara Brown Wilson of Resilience for All: Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design (Island Press, 2018) will be joined by Sunshine Mathon and Claudette Grant (Executive Director and Community Organizer at Piedmont Housing Alliance) to talk through how community-driven design differs from traditional planning practice, and how it is happening in the redevelopment of Friendship Court in Charlottesville, VA.

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Sunshine Mathon

Sunshine Mathon is the Executive Director of Piedmont Housing Alliance in Charlottesville, VA. Having directed deep green design and construction of new multifamily properties for over a decade, Sunshine has lead the development of over 1,200 healthy, efficient homes in Texas and Virginia, including some of the highest ever ... Read More

Barbara Brown Wilson


Claudette Grant


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