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Nov 29 • 8:30 am - 10:30 am

ArchitectureBoston Expo Women in Design Keynote | From the Ground Up: Grassroots Initiative

Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

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"How can we have a positive impact on our world? In recent years grassroots movements have increased as people seek to fill voids in social, policy, and implementation aspects of the built environment. Grassroots movements are often initiated in the public realm, with architects and designers playing a role alongside other professionals and members of the public to achieve a community, regional, or even national goal. Whatever the goal of grassroots movements- whether to change policy, to support disadvantaged groups, or to add physically to the built environment- there are common challenges. These include identifying a need, building support, growing effectively, and ultimately implementing measures to address the need. In this keynote discussion we bring together architectural practitioners, educators, and community engagement professionals to explore the genesis, execution, and growth of grassroots movements as they relate to the design community along with the skills that we as designers can bring to their success."

This session features GRI Director for Strategic Research Collaborations Dr. Jennie Stephens, Perkins+Will Associate Principal Yanel de Angel, City of Boston Director of Cultural Planning Courtney D. Sharpe, Payette Architect Jennifer Hardy and Enterprise Rose Architectural Fellow / Project Manager at Urban Edge and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation Kristen Chen.

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