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Not all public spaces are created equal. Transformative planning and urban design begins with addressing historic and current experiences of racism and exclusion. But what does that mean in practice? Join the conversation with creative community leaders about what it means to design for spatial justice. We’ll explore how skate parks, sidewalk kitchens, and “dance courts” can change how public space is used, who feels welcome in it, and how inclusive creative placemaking can help lead the way toward lasting spatial justice.
Part III: Making it Concrete: Planning and Designing Public Spaces for Spatial Justice is part three of Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces, a three-part discussion series that explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces.
This mini-series is part of an ongoing “Public Art, Public Places”, an ongoing collaboration between the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and the New England Foundation for the Arts that hosts cross-sector conversations for planners, artists, culture bearers, and community leaders.
To learn more about our Public Art programs, visit our Public Art Program Page.
Read "Refusing the Past, Imagining the Future" by Lori Lobenstine to learn more about spatial justice.