Designing to Help Heal Trauma in Refugee Children
More than 50 percent of the more than 32.5 million refugees worldwide are children, many of whom have experienced trauma and are spending five or more years in encampments. Helping to heal trauma in refugee children through portable play structures is the focus of the joint BSA- Boston Society for Landscape Architects (BSLA) Knowledge Community, the Global Design Initiative for Refugee Children Knowledge Community (GDIRC). Recently, the GDIRC co-hosted a design charrette with the Massachusetts College of Art and Design to explore how they can more deeply consider the psychological and emotional needs of refugee children in designs for portable play structures they are building for asylum seekers.
BSA Hosts Signing Of Regional Compact Promoting DEI In Real Estate Development
Today, the BSA, in partnership with the Builders of Color Coalition (BCC), the Civic Action Project (CAP), and the Eastern Bank Foundation, hosted mayors and leaders from the cities of Boston, Cambridge, Lynn, Salem and Somerville who signed the CommonWealth Development Compact—making a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in real estate development. The mayors and leaders were joined by Lt. Governor Kim Driscoll in the signing of this pilot compact.