Back to the Field?
APRU Sustainable Cities & Landscapes Hub + Pacific Rim Community Design Network 2021 Webinar Series
Inequality and Community-Engaged Design Practices // Call for Presentation
While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the safety and well-being of people around the world, there are also some signs of recovery in places where community designers are hoping to reconnect with their community partners and stakeholders. But as we look forward to returning to the field, what have we learned from the pandemic that may require us to approach community engagement differently? How can we reflect upon the experiences during the pandemic to reorient our practice, including teaching?

Besides the profound public health challenge, the COVID-19 pandemic has also exposed longstanding socioeconomic inequalities in society. In the first month of the pandemic, for example, data from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that while African Americans constituted only 13% of the U.S. population, they represented 33% of those who required hospitalization from COVID-19 infections.[1] Around the world, higher mortality rates have often been associated with poverty and socioeconomic inequalities.

How can community design practice address these disparities? How can “fieldwork” and “field school” serve as a vehicle to bridge the social divide? This webinar will build on the outcomes of the Bottom-up Resilience Webinar Series hosted by ARPU Plus and organized by the Pacific Rim Community Design Network in July 2020 [2], to examine how community-engaged practices can address longstanding socioeconomic disparities beyond the Pandemic.

We welcome community design educators, practitioners, and scholars in the Pacific Rim region to present their work in the webinar breakout rooms, tentatively scheduled for early August 2021. The submission can be for an individual or group presentation, or for an organized session with multiple presentations. The proposal must be respond to the statement and questions as presented above.

To submit a proposal, please fill out the following and submit it by June 18, 2021.

Tentative Time Frame:
- Call announced — May 18, 2021
- Deadline for submission — June 18, 2021
- Notice of acceptance — June 25, 2021
- Program announced —July (date TBD)
- Webinar date — August 15 and 16 (Seattle, Portland), August 16 and 17 (Hong Kong, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo), 2021

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[1] Shika Garg, Lindsay Kim, Michael Whitaker, Alissa O’Halloran, Charisse Cummings, Rachel Holstein, […] Alicia Fry, “Hospitalization rates and characteristics of patients hospitalized with laboratory-confirmed coronavirus disease 2019—COVID-NET, 14 States, March 1–30, 2020,” Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report 69, no. 15 (April 2020): 458 – 464. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/69/wr/mm6915e3.htm
[2] https://houjeff.medium.com/civic-resilience-and-the-covid-19-crisis-part-1-of-2-b9b3add58b3f
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