Speakers: Alexa Bush, PLA & Ujijji Davis Williams, PLA, ASLA
Vacant and public land often exhibits a destabilizing force on neighborhoods. But it also
presents a great opportunity for communities to activate green space as platforms for
their own aspirations. This session will explore active community design projects in Detroit
that put residents in the driver seat. This type of approach, one that fosters community
self-determination and influence over the built environment, can result in landscapes that
support more cohesive communities. Our presenters will also link these projects to emerging
definitions behind landscape reconciliation and the expansive roles of landscape architects
in achieving reparative justice. Finally, presenters and attendees will have the opportunity to
informally discuss the advantages and challenges of community involvement in landscape
design, inclusivity, and other related topics.