Urban Ecological Designer // Asakura Robinson
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Lecture Title
Data and Democracy: Design Processes for Community Health

Access to parks and public open space is an increasingly recognized cornerstone of community and personal health. However, communities of color and rural communities often do not have equitable access to the benefits nature provides. How can landscape architects use data and technology to identify locations where parks investments would have the greatest impacts to community members? Once those locations are chosen, how do designers balance evidence-based design strategies with designing for and with the community? This presentation will describe how landscape architects can effectively combine spatial analysis tools and grassroots participatory design processes to improve community and ecological health outcomes.