TH12 - Building local equity with parks and working green spaces

Thursday, November 29 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM « Back

Abstract Text:

In Boston and New York City, large city parks and open space networks have proved vital forces in the creation of public value and strengthening social resilience. In both cities, green spaces can be leveraged as holistic infrastructural armature infused with multiple functions: interventions simultaneously warding off storm surge with detention basins and bioswales absorbing stormwater, equipped with facilities to host CDOs and local groups. Implemented together, these measures can carve out a new role for urban open space as the face of social resilience central to community health. It is well studied that collaborative design with communities allows designers to maximize benefit and the success of public spaces.

Through case studies of the East Harlem Resiliency Study (NYC) and the Moakley Park Vision Plan (Boston), the importance of local capacity building in the design process has been central to planning resilient public spaces. In NYC, the study leverages a educational partnership with DREAM Charter School through an honors class on climate change. In Boston, the vision plan hosted a series of events connecting user groups and communicating the park's scale and present use, helping designers better optimize the space incrementally while also incorporating climate-adaptive interventions.

Learning Objectives:

Learn how to minimize the risk of a project by developing community buy in through a participatory process

Recognize the importance of building resilience in communities around Boston

Explore case studies for community participation processes

Acquire knowledge on how to best balance community needs with design strategies


AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU | HSW

Education Tracks: Beyond Flooding: Designing Resilience

Event Type: Workshops > Session