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Committee on the Environment

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    Free and open to the public

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Social Justice and the Built Environment: What we see | Who we hear | What we say

What role do architects and designers have in upholding human rights? The connections become clear when considering the design of spaces intended for torture or execution, but what about bathroom design, or border walls, or even the shooting of Trayvon Martin? Shawn Hesse will review his research in these topics, and put forward his proposals for the role of designers in resisting injustice, and promoting human rights.

Shawn Hesse, RA, LEED AP® BD+C, O+M, LFA: Shawn is an architect and sustainability consultant, and leads the Boston office of emersion DESIGN; an architecture and sustainability consulting firm committed to advancing clients that advance society. He is a member of the board of directors for Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, working on campaigns to end the design of solitary confinement and spaces for execution. He has consulted with municipalities and universities across the country to develop architectural and policy solutions to social justice and sustainability issues, and has taught courses and guest lectured on the topic of social justice and the built environment at Harvard, Northeastern, Brown, and the Boston Architectural College.

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