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Thursday, September 23 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Session 2 - Equity of Access

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The disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and police brutality in communities of color have made apparent the extent to which inequity is embedded in our institutions, policies and the way we shape the built environment. Cross-sectoral equity issues include access to affordable housing, homelessness, access to open spaces and parks, access to healthy food and resources, access to public transportation and walkable neighborhoods, broadband access, climate preparedness and resilience, and environmental justice, to name a few.

These equity issues can no longer be overlooked and now is the time to take proactive action in moving towards an equitable city. Are there transformative actions, such as policies that address the root causes of persistent social inequities, that can be paired with infrastructure investments, planning priorities and design measures for equitable access? How can architects, landscape architects and planners work together to build a more inclusive, community-centered planning and design process that ensures equity of access at multiple scales? This session will discuss these questions and re-imagine a city that is inclusive and equitable in it’s planning practices.

Speakers
avatar for Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy

Jacqueline Kennedy is a public service professional with over a decade of experience in the field of community development and community engagement. Jacqueline’s interest in community development began in her own neighborhood in Southeast San Diego, CA, where she interned for a... Read More →
avatar for A.L Hu

A.L Hu

A.L. Hu is a queer, trans, nonbinary Taiwanese-American architect, organizer, and facilitator who lives and works in New York City. They are an alumnus of the 2017 AIANY Civic Leadership Program. They are a 2019-2021 Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow, and is currently Design Initiatives... Read More →
avatar for Laura Starr

Laura Starr

Landscape architect Laura Starr is a founding partner of Starr Whitehouse where she focuses on making density livable by bringing nature into the city. Her practice began with her tenure as Chief of Design at the Central Park Conservancy during its formative years, where she learned... Read More →
avatar for Shawn Rickenbacker - Moderator

Shawn Rickenbacker - Moderator

Shawn L. Rickenbacker is a trained architect, urbanist and urban data researcher. He is currently the Director of the J. Max Bond Center for Urban Futures where he directs the Center’s sponsored research and is an Associate Professor of Architecture at the CCNY Spitzer School of... Read More →


Thursday September 23, 2021 11:30am - 1:00pm EDT