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Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development

  • Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning 2000 Bonisteel Boulevard Ann Arbor, MI, 48105 United States (map)

Cities have made a remarkable comeback, however large swaths of their populations are being left behind. Developers, lenders, advocates, and policy makers work to mitigate these disparities by creating innovative solutions and opportunity through equitable development. Now more than ever, new approaches are required to make cities places where individuals and families can thrive. At the center of making this work are initiatives that put equity at their core and strive to find the right mix of public, private, nonprofit, and grassroots policies, investments, and strategies that serve the needs of all residents and workers.  

In Building Better Futures: Innovations in Equitable Development, U-M Taubman College will convene experts at the forefront of designing, financing, developing and promoting better buildings, better outcomes and better futures for all across race, income, age, ability, household type and geography. This conference will examine the ground-breaking policy mechanisms, design innovations, and financial incentives that connect communities, build wealth, and create frameworks to promote equity across demographics. Join us as we investigate, define, and present solutions for social and equitable development to build better futures.

Confirmed Participants Include:

Oscar Perry Abello, Next City
Sam Butler, Doing Development Differently
Maurice Cox, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
Jared Della Valle, Alloy
Kimberly Dowdell, Century Partners / U-M Taubman College
Kimberly Driggins, City of Detroit Planning and Development Department
LoriAnn Girvan, Artscape
David Heller, NRP Group
Greg Morrow,  UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Kevin Ryan, Ford Foundation
Julie Schneider, City of Detroit Housing and Revitalization Department 
Ann Yoachim, Tulane School of Architecture Small Center
Jess Zimbabwe, Rose Center for Public Leadership in Land Use

(Along with several faculty and student contributors from The University of MIchigan)

Free and open to the public. Please click here to register.