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Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces (PART III)
PART III: Public Works: Planning and Designing Public Spaces for Spatial Justice

Not all public spaces are created equal. Transformative planning and urban design begins with addressing historic and current experiences of racism and exclusion. But what does that mean in practice? Join the conversation with creative community leaders about what it means to design for spatial justice. We’ll explore how skate parks, sidewalk kitchens, and “dance courts” can change how public space is used, who feels welcome in it, and how inclusive creative placemaking can help lead the way toward lasting spatial justice.

- Kenneth Bailey, Co-Founder of the Design Studio for Social Intervention (
- Joseph Kunkel, Director of MASS Design Group's Sustainable Native Communities Design Lab, New Mexico (
- Jessica V. Vilas Novas, Director of the Lawrence Free Public Library Lawrence, MA

Questions? Contact MAPC Event Planner, Sasha Parodi:

“Public Works,” is part three of “Whose Public? Planning and Placemaking for Welcoming Public Spaces.” This three-part discussion series explores the role that planners, artists, and government staff can play in shaping just, joyful, and inclusive public spaces.

Sep 1, 2020 02:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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