Community Driven Revitalization

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This course is now offered on the APA Learn educational platform.

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Certification Maintenance

CM | 1.25

You'll learn about:

  • How temporary design demonstrations are the framework for an inclusive design process

  • How the logistics of implementation and strategies translate short-term design demonstrations to long term improvements. 

Economic revitalization through infrastructure and design improvements is a powerful approach to transform underserved communities. However, there is a critical difference between revitalizing with a community as a partner or for a community as a recipient. The process of developing designs with the community and then working with them to implement temporary demonstrations of their ideas can lead to powerful community ownership and successful design that is truly responsive to community needs.

As we explore the process of temporary design demonstrations that lead to community ownership, we will discuss how to build a network of collaborative partners, how to work with the community to identify key needs, how to pair needs to implementable short-term designs responsive to those needs and how this process can lead to community ownership of implementation and outcomes.

The long-term goal of such design demonstrations is to push the envelope for innovation in a cost effective way and get further community feedback that refines the designs for long-term implementation. The collaborative process and community ownership of results also creates broader awareness for the community's needs and momentum for investment.