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Building a Shared Urban Future: From Creative Democracy to Participatory Planning

November 13, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm
Stanford Humanities Center Levinthal Hall

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With rapid changes in cities across the world, citizens are demanding and expecting new ways of engaging with their urban environments. This special evening panel will bring together interdisciplinary perspectives from design, public policy, and the arts to explore theories and framing of citizen participation and new possibilities for engaging the urban populace. From topics of creative democracy in public policy, participatory planning in public housing, to maker activities in public spaces, how might we build a stronger shared urban future in the Bay Area and one that is inclusive and just?

Invited Speakers:

Kiley Arroyo, Executive Director of the Cultural Strategies Council, is a respected interdisciplinary research, management strategy, and institutional learning expert whose work advances the essential role of the arts and cultural expression in transformative development. Her research and institutional innovation expertise reside at the intersection of arts and culture, public policy, and philanthropy and aims to strengthen the capacity of local government, artists, and residents to co-create vibrant communities. Kiley is energized by a genuine desire to advance a more equitable and resilient society through participatory research, cross-sector collaboration, intercultural dialogue, and creative systems change. She holds an MA in Public Policy and Management (socio-cultural emphasis) from University College Dublin, a BA in the History of Art and Architecture and a minor in Public Administration from the University of Oregon.

Andrea Jany is a visiting International Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, Co-Founder and Senior Research Expert in the Institute of Housing Research, and a doctoral candidate at the School of Architecture, Graz University of Technology in Austria. Her research focuses on resident satisfaction and housing requirements in the context of urban areas. She is also the project manager for a government funded research in Graz/Austria that aims to develop general guidelines for assessing the modernization possibilities of participatory designed residential buildings. Prior to these roles, she worked for almost a decade as a project manager for affordable housing in Styria, Austria. She holds a Master (Diploma) in Architecture from the Bauhaus-University Weimar, Germany and studied at the Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center at Virginia Tech.

Corinne Okada Takara is a Bay Area artist/arts educator who creates technology integrated art projects. Her public collaborative work explores the use of modern day products to preserve cultural heritage and memory while honoring the colliding and merging stories that arise in rapidly shifting communities.Takara's workshops in San Jose public spaces engage a diverse public cross-section in sharing ideas for urban planning solutions and art enhancements. She has contributed to the urban landscape of San Jose through a range of public transit art enhancement projects. These include art crosswalks and youth designed patterns for pedestrian and bike freeway overpass structures. Takara also designed community outreach public workshops and pattern concept development for the VTA Santa Clara-Alum Rock Bus Rapid Transit Project, a series of eighteen bus stops that aim to reflect both the unique neighborhoods along the route and a coherent visual identity for the transit line. Corinne received her BA from Stanford University in Design.

This event is sponsored by the Stanford Human Cities Initiative, Program on Urban Studies, Stanford Arts Institute, and Haas Center for Public Service with support from the Stanford Humanities Center.

Event Co-Sponsor(s): 
Program on Urban Studies, Stanford Arts, Haas Center for Public Service
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