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GRI Faculty affiliates, Michelle Laboy, Moira Zellner, Amy Mueller, and Dan O’Brien were all recipients of the 2022 Latrobe Prize for their research proposal on, “CommonSENSES: Standards for ENacting Sensor networks for an Equitable Society.”

In collaboration with the city of Chelsea, Mass., and local non-profits, the team will use the $100,000 grant towards demonstrating how sensor networks can inform architects, and the communities they work with, of hyperlocal variations in environmental quality. The research will also explore the potential for green infrastructure to produce more equitable health outcomes. Before-and-after project data and models about factors affecting neighborhood climate, resilience, health, and equity will generate insights on how smarter green infrastructure can support a more accessible, equitable, and inclusive design process. The resulting CommonSENSES Architectural Playbook and film, and the collaborative modeling platform (Fora.ai) adapted for this project will empower current and future architects, planners, and educators to advance the role of design in urban equity.