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, Mel Pennett and Alex Davis interview Madeline Brozen on aspects of park equity and making parks inclusive for seniors. Madeline is the Deputy Director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the Luskin School of Public Affairs and co-wrote a report detailing guidelines for making inclusive parks for elderly and aging populations. They discuss the importance of design, perception, and the surrounding demographics to make parks inclusive, equitable, and fun places for not just the elderly, but everyone!
Highlights from the Conversation:
- Urban Planning and Park Equity
- Everyone should have access to a park, we innately need to connect to nature
- Access to parks - can individuals easily use it?
- Who is the park for? Who does it serve?
- Race, Ethnicity, Language, Age, Ability, Cognitive Ability, Physical Mobility, and other identity attributes can contribute to feelings of exclusion.
- As Urban Planners, how do you design for inclusivity and shifting needs?
- Concepts of park design: physical design, passive recreation, active recreation, designated areas, low-impact exercise equipment, playground equipment, bathrooms, perception of park’s purpose, planting, and landscaping.
- Successful parks are designed for those with the highest needs, but provide benefits to all ages and demographics.
- Basic resources vs amenities.
Guest Mini Bio:
- Madeline Brozen has a background in Transportation Planning
- Previously focused on complete Streets
- Is currently the Deputy Director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies at the Luskin School of Public Affairs
- Her Institute of Transportation Studies bio is here
- Also check out her other published works
- Her Linkedin profile is here
- Case study parks: Golden Age Park in Los Angeles, California, Portland Memory Garden, in Portland, Oregon.
- Here is the report that inspired this interview
- Play By Design’s website for inclusive playgrounds for aging populations
- An article about the Golden Age Park mentioned in the interview
Special thanks to Madeline Brozen. Research, concept, and voices: Alex Davis and Mel Pennett. Intro and Outro voice: Alex Davis. Produced by: Raven Nee.
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