Designing Green and Equitable Communities

TUE, OCT 30, 2018 (1:18:02)

The 2018 Innovation IdeaLab focuses on The Changemakers and convenes experts at WGBH to plant new stories for public media makers, with sessions ranging from “Saving Nature, Saving Ourselves”; to “The Future of Work”; and “Designing Green and Equitable Communities”. In This Session: » Michael Murphy, Architect & CEO, MASS Design Group » Yorman Nuñez, Bronx Cooperative Development Initiative; MIT CoLab; Grist 50 Fixer » Damon Rich, Designer, Urban Planner, & Partner, Hector Design; MacArthur Fellow » Karilyn Crockett, Author, People Before Highways; MIT Urban Studies and Planning

+ BIO: Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy is the executive director of MASS Design Group, which he co-founded with Alan Ricks in 2010. Since leading the design and construction of the critically acclaimed Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, Michael has become a thought leader in architecture and healthcare design. He regularly speaks to a variety of audiences on how architecture can improve people’s lives and sits on the boards of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee and the Center for Healthcare Design, among others. An architect by training, Michael was recently listed in the _Atlantic Monthly_ as one of the “Greatest Innovators of Today.” Under his and Alan’s leadership, MASS has received or been named a finalist for a variety of prizes, including the Curry Stone Design Prize and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Michael also works to spread MASS’s design philosophy through a variety of mediums. He is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation, a member of the Social Venture Network, and along with Alan is published in the _Huffington Post_, _Journal of Architecture_, and the _Stanford Social Innovation Review_. Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

+ BIO: Yorman Nuñez

Yorman Nuñez is advancing economic development models that use shared ownership and collective governance as a means to address the root causes of intergenerational poverty. Yorman is currently the Director of the Just Urban Economies program at MIT CoLab, an effort to co-develop economic infrastructure for economic democracy and self-determination in marginalized communities across the US. His commitment to radical economic transformation emerged out of his work as a community organizer with the Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, where he organized young people around issues of sustainable economic development, education reform, and voter education. It was during this time that Yorman co-founded the Urban Youth Collaborative, a city-wide youth organization working on education reform, and the Leadership Institute, a small school in the Bronx, where he taught community organizing and spoken word at the high-school level. Yorman has been recognized by The Democracy At Work Institute, Business Alliance for Local Living Economies, and Grist for his efforts to build economic democracy. Yorman is originally from the Dominican Republic but calls the Bronx his second home.

+ BIO: Damon Rich

Damon Rich is a partner at Hector, an urban design, planning, and civic arts practice whose recent projects include designing a neighborhood park in one of Philadelphia’s most diverse neighborhoods, constructing a housing crisis learning center at the Queens Museum, and creating a memorial for eco-feminist Sister Carol Johnston. Damon previously served as planning director and chief urban designer for the City of Newark and is the founder of the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), an internationally recognized nonprofit organization that uses art and design to increase meaningful civic engagement. His work has been recognized by the MacArthur Fellowship, American Planning Association National Planning Award, Cooper Hewitt National Design Award, Loeb Fellowship in Advanced Environmental Studies at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, MacDowell Colony, and the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice. 

+ BIO: Dr. Karilyn Crockett

Dr. Karilyn Crockett focuses her research on large-scale land use changes in twentieth century American cities and examines the social and geographic implications of structural poverty. Karilyn’s new book “People before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making” (UMASS Press 2018) investigates a 1960s era grassroots movement to halt urban extension of the U.S. interstate highway system and the geographic and political changes in Boston that resulted. Karilyn was the co-founder of Multicultural Youth Tour of What’s Now (MYTOWN), an award winning, Boston-based, educational non-profit organization. MYTOWN hired public high school students to research their local and family histories to produce youth-led walking tours for sale to public audiences. During its nearly 15 years of operation, MYTOWN created jobs for more than 300 low and moderate-income teenagers, who in turn led public walking tours for more than 14,000 visitors and residents. In a White House ceremony, the National Endowment for the Humanities cited MYTOWN as “One of ten best Youth Humanities Programs in America.” Karilyn holds a PhD from the American Studies program at Yale University, a Master of Science in Geography from the London School of Economics, and a Master of Arts and Religion from Yale Divinity School. She currently serves as the Director of Economic Policy & Research and Director of Small Business Development for the City of Boston and is a research affiliate in the Department of Urban Studies & Planning at MIT. Karilyn’s career mission is to work at the nexus of education, economic development and urban revitalization.

The Changemakers—A WGBH Innovation IdeaLab
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