Community

Relating to an area with strong emotional ties among residents or pride of an area’s cultural history. Communities and designers interface often, with communities being the client of the designer or the beneficiary of their design products. Design contributions to communities can range from public art, to the restoration of a public plaza, or even a redevelopment plan.

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Kimberly Dowdell

Kimberly Dowdell, AIA, NOMA is an architect and real estate developer born and raised in Detroit.  She is the president of the National Association of Minority Architects, the Director of Business Development for HOK’s Chicago Office, and a partner of...

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Stephen Gray

Stephen Gray continually challenges the false choice between either making cities more beautiful or making them more equitable. Whether in his career as a senior urban designer at Sasaki or in his teaching and research at the GSD, Gray’s work...

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Toni L. Griffin

Toni L. Griffin’s career has spanned almost every scale that the practices of urban planning and design have shaped. Having begun her career as an architect with Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill, eventually rising to the level of Associate Partner in...

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Reflective Properties

Landscape Architecture concerns itself with what connects us: the earth beneath our feet.  However, with the ubiquitous use of digital technologies, how can our physical, earthly landscapes interface with our ever-evolving digital landscapes? It is almost impossible to define what...

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Diane Jones Allen

Landscape architect, author, and program director of landscape architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, Diane Jones Allen creates work committed to environmental justice, sustainability, and the cultural significance of landscape while advocating for the transformative potential of design....

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Walter Hood

A palimpsest describes something reused or altered that still bears visible traces of its earlier form. Often palimpsests appear on a surface, but For Walter Hood, a place is a palimpsest. As places go through cycles of growth and decay,...

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The Hill District Greenprint

The Hill District Greenprint is a project by Hood Design Studio that leverages the unique ecological and industrial landscape of the Hill District of Pittsburgh, PA, to combat the historical disinvestment and abandonment of the community. Hood worked to make...

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NOW Hunters Point

NOW Hunters Point is a program for redevelopment of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood of San Francisco, a partnership between Studio O, RHAA, and envelopeA+D. With the closing of PG&E’s coal-based power plant adjacent to a historically African-American community, an exhaustive...

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Clean Team Ghana

Clean Team Ghana is a transformative, large-scale social enterprise and collaboration between Unilever, IDEO, Water and Sanitation for the Urban Poor, and Studio O, among others, addressing the global issue of safe and convenient sanitation. The project delivers a portable...