AIA|LA Core Values Forum #4 = Achieving Greater Equity in Transportation-Oriented Communities
November 18, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Woodbury School of Architecture's WUHO Gallery 6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

AIA|LA Core Values Forum #4 = Achieving Greater Equity in Transportation-Oriented Communities
Moderated by Roland Wiley, AIA - RAW International, Inc.  (INVITED)
Saturday, November 18 (10am - 12pm)
Woodbury School of Architecture's WUHO Gallery 
6518 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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Forum #4: Achieving Greater Equity in Transportation & Mobility

This, the fourth and final AIA|LA Core Values Forum for 2017 focuses on achieving greater equity in transportation & mobility.

Moderated by Roland Wiley, AIA, the conversation will revolve around the following questions. We hope to have your input regarding these values central to the profession and region. 

1. Please define social equity in transportation oriented communities.  What does that mean to you?  
2. The role of the architect has traditionally not included social activism.  As an architect in today’s society, what role can we play in promoting social equity?  Will this require re-defining our role as an architect?
3. What examples of successfully promoting social equity as an architect can you cite?
4. What is a sustainable community?  How can you create a sustainable community in low income neighborhoods without increasing real estate values and pushing low income residents out?
5. Social equity implies equal access to goods and services for certain people/neighborhoods who have suffered inequities now or in the past.  What can architects do differently to redress the historic inequities in our inner cities?
6. How knowledgeable are you about the values of low income neighborhoods?  Is it important to understand the values of a neighborhood where you are designing?  How do you attain an understanding of their values?

Forum #1: Designing Our Profession for Inclusion and Diversity (January 14)
Forum #2: Housing for Social Equity (March 18)
Forum #3: Our Responsibility as Architects to Mitigate Climate Change  (date tba)
Forum #4: Achieving Greater Equity in Transportation & Mobility

AIA|LA is producing a series of forums to further engage architects and designers in an open dialogue about the profession's on-going commitment to promoting social equity, inclusion, diversity, and care for the planet.  These forums will serve as an opportunity to strengthen our priorities relative to building healthier and more inclusive communities and further promote strategies to mitigate climate change,
Each forum will focus on one of the many challenges of social equity, inclusion and environmental responsibility with a brief panel presentation followed by extensive dialogue with the audience. Our goal is to generate positive actions for the profession and our community.
These forums will also serve as an opportunity to bring together the voices of emerging professions with active practitioners to define design actions that reflect our shared values. In this moment in history, it's important that we focus on collective action. We hope that you will bring your perspective to help define the path forward.

  • Supporting human and civil rights, the universal respect for human dignity, and the unbiased treatment of all persons in employment, civic, and business transactions
  • Equity, diversity and inclusion as central to our professional mission. This means that we must renew and rebuild our country's social infrastructure—the buildings that define our communities such as our schools, libraries, and cultural arts facilities—based on mutual respect, empathy, and concern for the health, safety, and well-being of all Americans
  • Recognition that diversity is a cultural ethos – a way of thinking or acting that fosters inclusion and enhances our membership, our profession, and the quality of life in our communities. We represent and serve all members of society, regardless of race, nationality, color, gender, sexual orientation, physical abilities, religious practices, or even political beliefs
  • Our commitment to leverage the transformative power of architecture to design a better world. This means creating more vibrant, equitable living environments that embody our nation’s democratic ideals
  • Our belief that communities thrive when people are sheltered and safe, and that justice demands equal access to healthy living environments and affordable housing
  • Sustainability as a cornerstone of our work, particularly in light of a changing climate embodied in the 2030 Commitment. We uphold the architects’ seminal role in guarding the planet for future generations, by designing with appropriate materials and systems for energy efficiency, resilience, and health
  • Drive positive legislative and policy outcomes at all levels of government and to promote the value of architects
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