Through their recent resource, Streets for Pandemic Response and Recovery, NACTO has documented and encouraged quick build mobility projects and practices, in order to weather the acute crisis posed by COVID-19 and transition to a just, sustainable recovery. Attending mayors will learn about recent projects and the principles behind them, then participate in a discussion of practices and process that can lead to just outcomes in their own communities.
As COVID-19 has crippled our cities, parks have become the new assets of the public realm. As gathering spaces for demonstrations and protests, these public spaces can also be re-programmed to address economic recovery and benefit the public good. Renowned landscape architect Ernest Wong of site design group helped mayors explore a variety of park design solutions to encourage social distancing and healthy travel, as well as policy ideas to promote park maintenance while driving solutions for other social equity issues.
In light of current movements to reimagine local government’s role in public safety, this seminar introduced mayors to a design process that promotes community safety and empowerment in historically marginalized communities. Mayors took away concrete examples of how to use a design process that promotes equity and community safety, as well as a framework for working with historically marginalized communities with respect, trust, and empowerment.
As protests against anti-Black racism and police brutality continue around the country, city leaders are grappling with the question of how monuments reflect, shape, and perpetuate history, as well as what to do with spaces where monuments have been recently removed. Hear from architect Bryan Lee, Jr. (Colloqate Design) and curator Paul Farber (Monument Lab), two of the nation’s leading voices on the power and process behind the design of monuments and public space.