This student-run podcast explores diverse topics around sustainable urban planning. Students who are enrolled in George Washington University’s Master’s program in Sustainable Urban Planning host each season of this podcast. We interview thought leaders and working professionals, to get perspectives from the local to the global. We discuss sustainability, equity, social justice, policy, and design as they relate to the built environment. Tune in each semester for a new season for contemporary discussions about what’SUP with sustainable urban planning!
Sunday Aug 29, 2021
Sunday Aug 29, 2021
In this episode, Raven Nee and Helen Solomon interview Mathew Clarke, the director at the Design Trust for Public Land. They discuss equity and community engagement, as well as the underlying power dynamics that shape traditional modes of engagement. They break down the historic paradigms and challenge the meaning of community engagement. They discuss a park in Wenatchee, Washington as an example of building community power and the unexpected outcomes that come from a participatory and equitable process. Tune in to hear more about equitable community engagement in parks!
Highlights from the Conversation:
- Equitable community engagement
- Building community power versus empowering communities
- Race, gender, background, identity
- Respecting the agency of communities
- Parks are a conduit for building community
- 10-minute walk to a park
- Engaging with the physical space, building connections
- Fear of gentrification and deportation as barriers
- Protecting vulnerable communities
- Fostering self-awareness: to know what privileges we rest on
Guest Mini Bio:
- Matthew Clarke is the current Executive Director at the Design Trust for Public Space and former National Director of Creative Placemaking at the Trust for Public Land.
- As an architect and planner he advocates for the development of diverse public spaces and equitable communities
- He also authored “The Field Guide for Creative Placemaking and Parks”
- Keep up with Mathew on his Linkedin
- Check out the case study from Wenatchee, Washington
- Case study in Washington, D.C.
- Learn more about tools for building community power from the Urban Institute
A special thanks to Mathew Clarke. Voice, research, and interview credits to: Raven Nee and Helen Solomon. Intro and Outro voice: Alex Davis. Produced by: Raven Nee.