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Community + Collaborative Design

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Header image courtesy Anda and Jenny French of French2D.
Anda French AIA is BSA Vice President/President-Elect.

The design of the built environment—buildings, landscapes, and objects—deeply influences our everyday experiences. Designers of the built environment—architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, and artists—have the opportunity to imagine and create places that celebrate, inspire, and challenge us to think about the world in new ways.

Far too often, the processes and decisions that influence the making and remaking of our everyday experiences of the built environment remain inaccessible to broader publics. Moreover, from the legacies of red lining to environmental justice, decisions about city-making have often structuralized social, cultural, and economic inequity, by design. What would it look like to redesign these processes? Can the processes that shape the built environment account for a diverse collection of ideas, values, desires, and experiences?

Community + Collaborative Design (C+CD) projects at the Boston Society for Architecture recognize that the design of the built environment benefits from collaborative processes that celebrate a multitude of voices. In linking community partners to spatial designers, C+CD projects seek to create new partnerships and alliances, building coalitions in the pursuit of transformative change, and transforming our experiences of the built environment. C + CD projects aim to bring good design to broader audiences, to help community partners envision and create new places, and to amplify the knowledge, expertise, and narratives embedded in each of Boston’s vibrant neighborhoods.

Meet the Design Teams

How to get involved.

Call for Projects and Partners

Deadline: Friday, June 18, 2021

People know their neighborhoods, their needs, their assets, their histories. People might not always know that spatial designers can help address these needs, assets, and histories of place. Community and Collaborative Design projects hope to cultivate new partnerships with neighborhood advocates, community associations, and mission-driven organizations who may be interested in exploring how design might be a resource. Could your organization or neighborhood benefit from the knowledge of designers? Tell us how we might connect you to design resources to help support your goals.

Call for Designers and Design Teams

Deadline: Friday, May 21, 2021

Community and Collaborative Design projects at the BSA hope to build relationships as much as they build the environments in which we live, work, and play. Design that encourages the stewardship of places, that confronts injustice, and that fosters joy requires new, collaborative models for action. Are you a designer, a design team, or a professional from another discipline hoping to exchange knowledge and explore new models of collaborative design practice? Design benefits from a variety of perspectives and expertise and we welcome all who have an interest in shaping new ways of shaping the built environment. Tell us how you’d like to get involved.

Advisory Committee.

Magdalena Ayed, Executive Director, The Harborkeepers

Dr. Taylor Cain, Director, Housing Innovation Lab (City of Boston)

Michael Chavez, Project Development Manager, YouthBuild Boston

Meera Deean, Assistant Deputy Director for Urban Design, BPDA

Sabrina Dorsainvil, Director of Civic Design, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics

Patricia Gruits, Senior Principal & Managing Director, MASS Design Group

Ayako Maruyama, Creative Engagement, design studio 4 social intervention

Killion Mokwete, Director of Operations, Adaptiv

John Peterson, Curator, Loeb Fellowship

Gretchen Schneider Rabinkin AIA, Executive Director, Boston Society of Landscape Architects

R. Kyle Warren, Founder and Director, Fallow / Faculty, Boston Architectural College

Ken Willis, Director of Housing and Community Investment, Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston

Frequently Asked Questions.

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