Successful community engaged design requires both empowerment and disruption, writes Toni Griffin (LF '98) on the National Endowment for the Arts blog. Griffin, the founder of Urban Planning for the American City, partnered with the Surdna Foundation and the NEA to facilitate Designing Equity. The one-day convening brought together designers, educators, funders and activists to discuss the current and future state of community engaged design. Griffin’s takeaways from the convening: the necessity of respect for impacted communities, the importance of local ownership, and the crucial role of disruption in the mostly white design field.
Read her report and watch the video from the convening Designing Equity: Thoughts on Community Engaged Design (Deanna Van Buren–LF '13–has a cameo).