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Designed Disparities: A Spatial Analysis of Green Space Equity in Recognized Landscapes in the Northeastern U.S.

Principal Investigator/Project Leader: 
Department of Project: 
Landscape Arch. & Regional Planning Dept.
Project Description: 

The project addresses several key questions, including when equity became a factor in design evaluation, how award-winning designs incorporate and measure equitable outcomes, and the state of design thinking to prevent green gentrification. It also looks at the socioeconomic characteristics of these greenspaces, who has access to them, what design features they offer, and whether neighborhoods have changed since their introduction.

The research intends to provide valuable insights into green space equity and green gentrification from a design perspective. Its significance lies in its potential to make landscape architecture more inclusive and equitable. The findings will be shared with practicing landscape architects, academics, and related professionals through presentations and a public toolkit aimed at promoting equitable design practices.

By focusing on nationally recognized projects, this research aims to challenge biases and power dynamics in design, set precedents for equitable landscape solutions, and contribute to environmentally just neighborhoods and cities. This study will serve as a pilot for a larger national research effort and may attract partnerships and additional funding opportunities to further advance equitable landscape design.

Community & Economic Vitality topics: 
Land Use