Resilience for all
Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design
Authors: Wilson, BarbaraFree Preview
- Four case studies show how residents of vulnerable communities have developed their own methods to increase resilience
- Defines and shows the power of “community‑driven design” to empower and strengthen communities
- Highlights the use of temporary or “Tactical Urbanism” projects with social equity as a central tenet
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In the United States, people of color are disproportionally more likely to live in environments with poor air quality, in close proximity to toxic waste, and in locations more vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events.
In many vulnerable neighborhoods, structural racism and classism prevent residents from having a seat at the table when decisions are made about their community. In an effort to overcome power imbalances and ensure local knowledge informs decision-making, a new approach to community engagement is essential.
In Resilience for All, Barbara Brown Wilson looks at less conventional, but often more effective methods to make communities more resilient. She takes an in-depth look at what equitable, positive change through community-driven design looks like in four communities—East Biloxi, Mississippi; the Lower East Side of Manhattan; the Denby neighborhood in Detroit, Michigan; and the Cully neighborhood in Portland, Oregon. These vulnerable communities have prevailed in spite of serious urban stressors such as climate change, gentrification, and disinvestment. Wilson looks at how the lessons in the case studies and other examples might more broadly inform future practice. She shows how community-driven design projects in underserved neighborhoods can not only change the built world, but also provide opportunities for residents to build their own capacities.
- About the authors
Barbara Brown Wilson’s research and teaching focus on the ethics, theory, and practice of sustainable community design and development, and on the history of urban social movements. Wilson's current research projects include understanding how grassroots community networks reframe public infrastructure in more climate and culturally appropriate ways across the U.S., and helping to elevate the standards of evaluation for community engaged design around notions of social and ecological justice. Her research is often change-oriented—she collaborates with real community partners to identify opportunities for engaged and integrated sustainable development. She is a member of the Equity Collective, whose work is currently featured in the Cooper Hewitt Museum's By the People: Designing a Better America Exhibition. Alongside Architect Jeana Ripple, Wilson is coordinating the community engaged aspects of the Public Art Installation for the ArtHouse Social Kitchen Project in Gary, Indiana. She is also working, as a researcher, an educator, and a board member of the Piedmont Housing Alliance (PHA) with their leadership to identify venues where PHA residents can more actively engage in and shape their communities. In those collective posts, Wilson is serving as a resource ally to PHA's new Youth Leadership in Land Use program that brings in resident youth from Friendship Court as valued members of the design team for the Redevelopment project currently underway in their neighborhood.
- Table of contents (7 chapters)
Introduction: Resilience or Resistance?
A Short History of Community-Driven Design
East Biloxi: Bayou Restoration as Environmental Justice
The Lower East Side, Manhattan: Tactical Urbanism Holding Space for the People’s Waterfront
Denby, Detroit: Schools, and Their Students, as Anchors
Table of contents (7 chapters)
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- Book Title
- Resilience for all
- Book Subtitle
- Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design
- Barbara Wilson
- Island Press/Center for Resource Economics
- Copyright Holder
- Barbara Brown Wilson
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- Number of Pages
- XIV, 215
- Number of Illustrations
- 44 b/w illustrations
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