The Pecha Kucha-style presentations at the Loeb 45th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion, a change of pace from the longer panel discussions of the weekend, were a chance for Loebs to showcase in short bites a range of practical solutions for the practice of equitable development. At the Saturday morning iteration of what was dubbed “Loeb University,” Teresa Brice (LF ’06), Pamela Hawkes (LF ’97), and Angelyn Chandler (LF ’14) gave short, sharp and inspired snapshots of their projects. The presentations were moderated by Gisli Marteinn Baldursson (LF ’15) and were more welcome reminders that good things are happening out there.
WBIYB (We Built It, You Bastards)
Teresa Brice opened with her work on transit oriented development in Phoenix, Arizona, and contrasted it to the Asian model of development from which empty skyscrapers and vacant lots have sprung. Invoking author Jon Talton’s phrase, which has become hashtag #WBIYB, Brice celebrated the light rail in Phoenix, which succeeded amidst plenty of naysayers. The TOD has driven a new sustainable and inclusive image of reality and new development models as Phoenix recovers from decades of economic struggle. Brice retired from her position as executive director of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation Phoenix in 2014.
Scattering Good in Faraway Places
Pamela Hawkes is principal of Scattergood Design in Portland, Maine. She and husband Scott Teas presented their recent work with the Milemebe Secondary School for Girls in the “dusty heat and torrential downpours” of the Misungwi District in Tanzania. Her work there is associated with the Africa Schoolhouse organization, whose initiatives prioritize education for girls, healthcare, and the use of local materials to build with the community.
Parks Without Borders
As capital program director of the Community Parks Initiative in the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation, Angelyn Chandler conducted research to identify underserved parks, recognizing that many factors disrupt the distribution of finances for public facilities in the city. She and her team sought to direct resources to the parks in greatest need and with greatest potential to reach their respective communities. The CPI is New York City’s first major equity initiative. The first phase of the program will invest $130 million in the 35 parks selected as sites of greatest impact.