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Intersections: Mobility, Equity, and the Built Environment

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Rawan Al-Saffar / [email protected]
Rachelle Ain / [email protected]
Marin Braco / [email protected]

2022 Theme: Intersections: Mobility, Equity, and the Built Environment

Date: October 28-29, 2022 | Questions: Marin Braco at [email protected]

This year's Intersections symposium will explore Mobility, Equity, and the Built Environment, as a means of physical and representational participation. Panels, presentations and site tours will explore the full range of what it means for the built environment to be accessible and inclusive - physically, economically, environmentally, and beyond. This is an invitation to look at how mobility operates in design, and how it can become a force in dismantling structural social inequities.

Day one of the symposium will kick off with a keynote panel, 3 presentations, Women in Design Award of Excellence Ceremony and Happy Hour. All events will be in person at the BSA Space, recordings of the presentations will be available after the event.

Day two will consist of two site tours, hosted in collaboration with BSLA’s Inside/Out.

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This year’s theme will build on last year’s WiD Intersections symposium, hosted in partnership with BosNOMA, on Equity in the City, in which the roots of structural injustices and systemic inequities pervade all aspects of the built environment through recurrent design.

This year we are partnering with Access Committee, Design for Aging and the BSLA. We are interested in the idea of mobility as a physical and conceptual idea, both within practice and in the spaces we design. This prompts us to ask which voices have often been excluded from the design table, including black, brown, transgender, queer, non-binary, and people of all levels of ability.

From our homes and workplaces, to our civic and public spaces, we'll explore what it means for an environment to be barrier free, and consider who may not experience it that way. From housing to clean air, we will consider how security and health provide critical guardrails to upward economic mobility - and how these guardrails are denied to so many.

Symposium Schedule

Friday, October 28

8:45 AM10:15 AM | Keynote Panel

10:30AM—12:00 PM | Healthy Aging by Design | 1 LU available
James Fuccione—Senior Director, Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative
Wendy Landman—Executive Director, WalkBoston

1:30 PM2:45 PM | Gender equity in mobility planning: Learnings from the gender and Mobility Initiative | 1.5 LU available
María de la Luz Lobos Martínez—Lecturer at Universidad de Chile + Urban Advisory Architect at the Renca’s Communal Planning Secretariat (Chile)
Rebecca Shakespeare PhD—Lecturer, Urban & Environmental Policy & Planning, Tufts University

3:00 PM—4:30 PM | Design for Aging in Historic Spaces | 1.5 LU/HSW available
Moderator: Genevieve Frank, AIA LEED AP BD+C—Project Architect, ICON Architecture
Alisa Augenstein—Senior Architectural Historian, The Public Archaeology Laboratory, Inc.
Wendy Cohen—President & Managing Member, New Seasons Development
Bethany Moody AIA—Project Manager, ICON Architecture
Ilene Vogel—Director of Real Estate, North Shore CDC

4:30 PM—6:30 PM | Women in Design Award of Excellence + Happy Hour

Saturday, October 29

10:00 AM—3:00 PM | Inside/Out Site Tours in Collaboration with the Boston Society for Landscape Architects
Allston & Cambridge

Hosted by:

Women in Design (WiD)

Women in Design is a multifaceted interdisciplinary community focused on creating opportunities for networking, professional development, continuing education, mentorship and community recognition. Learn more about Women in Design Resources and the Women in Design Award.

BSA Access Committee

Buildings should be accessible to every human being. The Access Committee advocates for equity and socially sustainable, universal design. We work hard to ensure building regulations and codes maximize accessibility.

BSA Design for Aging Committee

If you're interested in facilities designed for the aging population, this is the BSA committee for you.

Past topics

2021: Intersections: Equity, Environment + the City | Hosted with BosNOMA
2020: Women Inspire Design 20:20
2019: Empathic Design: Crafting Spaces for People
2018: From the Ground Up, Grassroots Initiatives
2017: Envisioning the Future
2016: In the Public’s Interest
2015: Research Innovate Design
2014: Creative Entrepreneurship
2013: The Value of Design
2012: Software Integration in Practice
2010: Design (R)Evolution