LI CPD Conference: Inclusive Environments
15 Jun 2021
Dy 3. 7 Inclusive Highstreets
As part of this panel session, Jenny and Duncan will together give a short presentation about the challenges and opportunities for co-design on public realm projects. They will share insights from ‘The Future of the High Street’ – a live project led by the Edinburgh Futures Institute in collaboration with New Practice as a live project example of this. You will get an insights into a project combining citizen engagement and a co-design approach, rapid prototyping of temporary interventions and robust evaluation and public life datasets.
Dr Jos will then consider how certain kinds of bodies come to be valued in this process, and others marginalised. She will explore how we can better map diverse and complex inequalities in access to, and experiences of, public spaces.
Chair: Dilraj Sokhi-Watson, Policy and Partnerships Manager (Scotland), Landscape Institute
For nearly fifteen years Dilraj has worked as a sustainability and social justice practitioner. She has substantial programme and policy experience in urban development spanning within subjects of environment, poverty, and social capital (with a focus on gender and race mainstreaming).
Jenny Elliot, Smart Places Lead (EFI), and Urban Designer (CMLI), Edinburgh Futures Institute
A Chartered Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, Jenny is Smart Places Lead at the Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI) within the University of Edinburgh, working on built environment projects that emphasise placemaking and engagement alongside data and technology. She is currently leading project Future of the High Street.
Duncan Bain, Associate, New Practice
At New Practice Duncan leads on a wide range of projects.
These range from digital engagement programmes, through to built design projects, and public facilitation. Duncan is skilled at working with fabricators and contractors, devising intelligent solutions to design challenges, and placing an understanding of craft of creating new spaces at the heart of the practice.
Dr Jos Boys, Programme Director, MSc Learning Environments, Bartlett Faculty of Built Environment UCL
Dr. Jos Boys is Programme Director for the MSc in Learning Environments at The Bartlett UCL, with a research focus on creative and inclusive educational spaces both within and beyond the academy. She has worked for over 15 years as a consultant and researcher in learning spaces in higher education, both in
the UK and internationally, and has published extensively
Divya Umakanth, Practice Associate Director, Macfarlane + Associates
Divya completed her Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in India and moved to the UK to pursue a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from University of Greenwich. Divya’s deep rooted knowledge stems from her industry experience in working at multi-disciplinary practices, gaining immense exposure in masterplanning, detailed design, construction techniques through to implementation and overall project management.
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