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Submission Guidelines and FAQs

Submit a proposal

Submit proposals through this form. Proposals are due Friday, July 10, 2021.


Please limit your submission to one of the following:

  • Text-based proposal: 500 word abstract
  • Video-based proposal: 2 minutes or less
  • Photo-based proposal: 5 image maximum accompanied by 250 words

Proposals are due Friday, July 10, 2021. We anticipate the symposium being the week of November 8, 2021.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible?

Any design professionals in the A/E/C industry are eligible to submit. We encourage collaborations across disciplines to include a variety of voices and experience.

How will the symposium be held and how long will it last?

The symposium is planning to take place the week of November 8, 2021. The number of days and format is dependant on submissions received, but will be taking a hybrid model into consideration.

What should my proposal focus on?

PROJECTS What are successful case-studies that approach the built world through the lens of equity, inclusion, and the environment? What other cities, municipalities, and communities can serve as an example for Boston to learn from?

PROCESS How do designers identify historical injustices and bring these to the forefront of a project? How do movements navigate the political landscape to implement equity driven initiatives? What actions can designers take to support and implement community-based visions of equitable development and climate responsive design?

PARTICIPANTS Who do design professionals need to engage with to ensure all voices are heard including those of all abilities, Indigenous, Black and brown, women, queer, transgender, and non-binary? How do we go beyond just listening to embracing and celebrating these diverse contributions? How does a professional identify and engage key collaborators to further increase outreach?

What format should proposals be in?

Formats may include:

  • Civic engagement
  • Interactive workshops
  • Presentation + breakout sessions
  • Interviews
  • Performances
  • Site Walks
  • Videos
  • Other

If you have any questions contact Mary McCarthy at [email protected], Marin Braco at [email protected], or Julian Phillips at [email protected].

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