Social Justice

We seek to design and convene inclusive, transparent dialogues + interventions that uncover hidden histories, advance social justice, promote collective healing and empower communities to contribute to the making of healthy, resilient and generative futures.


IMAGE CREDIT: UVA MEMORIAL TO ENSLAVED LABORERS (courtesy of Howeler + Yoon)

Our SOCIAL JUSTICE projects are deeply committed to creating inclusive and just environments that promote stewardship, well-being, and equity. These projects address some of the most pressing issues facing the 21st century - poverty, population change, income and health disparities, environmental degradation, food system planning, land use, racism, and shifting political paradigms and territories. Our SOCIAL JUSTICE projects are pioneering design and planning research methodologies that advanced innovative thinking, spatial strategies, and tactics for collaboration and negotiation. These projects tackle a wide range of global and local concerns from fledging post-industrial cities to the legacies of slavery and racism embedded in our public spaces. SOCIAL JUSTICE projects are inherently interdisciplinary and collaborative - engaging with individuals, communities, and nations - building opportunities for empowerment and agency for all. 


KEY SOCIAL JUSTICE INITIATIVES:

Institute for Environmental Negotiation

Community Design Research Center

New Industrial Workscapes

Citizen Power Through Planning

Transforming Community Spaces

Design Youth Program

New Vinegar Hill

Food Strategy for the UVA Sustainability Plan


DESIGN IS PEOPLE /// JANE JACOBS