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Vision Keynote: Suzanne Nienaber on Social Responsibility
February 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Suzanne Nienaber, Partnerships Director at the Center for Active Design
Sign-in & Networking: 5:30 p.m.
Discussion & Q&A: 6.00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Free & open to the public
Keynote: Suzanne Nienaber on Social Responsibility
Communities across the country are grappling with concerning trends related to civic life such as eroding trust in government, increasing social isolation, and widening social and economic divides. In an effort to address these trends, the Center for Active Design recently published the culmination of four years of research and collaboration, “The Assembly: Civic Design Guidelines,” a groundbreaking playbook for creating well-designed and well-maintained public spaces as a force for building trust and healing divisions in local communities. This pioneering resource provides evidence-based design and maintenance strategies for shaping places where people trust each other, have confidence in local institutions, and actively work together to address local priorities.
This discussion will provide a high-level orientation to the guidelines and will touch upon data and practical strategies that can be used to foster dynamic, welcoming public spaces as celebrated sources of community pride.
About Suzanne Nienaber
Suzanne Nienaber is the Partnerships Director at the Center for Active Design. Suzanne has used her expertise in planning and facilitation to lead hundreds of workshops and presentations encouraging design of the built environment to support healthy, engaged communities. She leads CfAD’s Assembly initiative, exploring how community design impacts measures of civic life including trust, participation in public life, stewardship, and voting.