The talk will discuss the importance of community-engaged design, highlighting the prominent role of communities in guiding the conversation and changes they want to see taking place in their neighborhoods. We will talk about a couple of projects we're currently involved with and how those have been shaped by the by the local residents and their needs, as well as other examples of community design centers across the country.
Marla Torrado, Ph.D.
Marla has a PhD in Community and Regional Planning with a background in community-engaged research and community organizing. She has extensive experience analyzing impacts of large-scale development projects on local, often marginalized, communities. She has worked with communities in Austin, Puerto Rico, and Argentina in collaborative and participatory planning projects related to affordable housing, access to healthy foods, and the impacts of development on natural ecosystems. She is deeply interested in social justice, participatory processes and community engagement, as they relate to planning and development.