Event date04/11/2021 17:00 - 19:30
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This live webinar examines what the Planning White Paper calls ‘genuine engagement’ in the postCovid era. It’s one of the hardest things to do – evidence shows years of democratic deficit have eroded trust in planning and design processes. Focusing on professionals as people, this webinar uses creative interaction and scenario setting to practice the skills and attitudes that can increase social value, long-term pride in place, sense of belonging, improved bottom line, urban equality and impact on UN SDGs 3, 5, 11 and 13.
The webinar is divided into two parts. Part 1 is divided into three approximately 15-minute modules starting with a foundation in ‘active listening’, a core skill required to break down stereotypes, reduce conflict, and align with the essence of people’s ‘sense of place’. The second module builds on the first by using visual and self-reflective exercises to explore grounded approaches to the principles of diversity, inclusion and equality in going beyond superficial understandings of place and people. Finally, the third module applies the knowledge and skills from the first and second modules into developing collaborative design techniques. Part 2 uses interactive group exercises in a community engagement scenario, applying skills in collaborative design, inclusive communication, and self-grounding techniques to navigate the ambiguity and complexity that comes with multiple perspectives.
The workshop-style webinar is led by two presenters and combines immersive visual media with participatory digital technologies (such as Mentimeter and Wakelet) for digital storytelling, participatory mapping, quizzes, and creative co-production.
Core Curriculum: 1. Architecture for social purpose
Dr. Noha Nasser
Noha is an urban designer with 30-years experience in co-design in super diverse neighbourhoods. She is an Intercultural Cities Expert at the Council of Europe, and is Founding Director of MELA Social Enterprise co-designing inclusive public spaces. Noha has taught urban design at Birmingham, Greenwich, Cardiff, Southbank, and Coventry Universities. She authored the book ‘Bridging Cultures: a guide to social innovation in cosmopolitan cities’; edited ‘Connections: 12 approaches to relationship-based placemaking’, and co-edits Urban Design International journal. She is currently a Fellow of the RSA, Trustee of Canning Town Caravanserai (meanwhile use), and Co-Chair of the Association of Collaborative Design.
Lubaina is an urban designer and researcher with a multidisciplinary background spanning regeneration project management, design consultancy, public policy evidencing and implementation, digitalisation and social entrepreneurship. She has 15 years training and communications experience including co-curating RTPI London’s programme of public events, roundtables and CPD webinars; assessing national design awards programmes; managing a built environment think tank; winning a civic data hackathon and leading a sustainable development pilot programme in rural Tanzania. As an MPhil/ PhD candidate at UCL, she researches the political economy of land and design innovation for community-led housing.