1.5 LU / 1.5 HSW

*This event is occurring as a live webinar. Registrants will be emailed a link to access the program.*

What constitutes community engagement and why should architects, designers, planners, and developers strive to make it part of projects on all scales? This panel discussion brings together four different perspectives to delve into what successful community engagement processes can look like and how to make them a part of standard practice. The program will focus on building coalitions and adhering to principles of transparency and inclusion while acknowledging that each project is different, has different stakeholders, and different measures of success. 

Community-based design is a term that far too often elicits groans from owners, architects, and community members alike. It is often seen as an antagonistic forum through which owners offer up additional services that hurt the bottom line, architects lose control over their creative freedom, and community members are offered empty promises of an improved project. What if these assumptions were all wrong and community-based design, when implemented well, could be a driver for increased profits and better design, all while improving the neighborhood where a project is located in a way that its community desires?

Chris Cirillo, Executive Director, Ascendant Neighborhood Development Corporation
Michael Sandler, Director of Neighborhood Planning, NYC Department of Housing Preservation & Development 
Nisha Baliga AICP, Co-Executive Director, Hester Street

Bryony Roberts, Founder, Bryony Roberts Studio