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Dickinson College to Host Lecture on Sustainable Urban Planning

Portrait of Barbara Brown Wilson

Barbara Brown Wilson

Resilience for All

by Sara Duane '20

Barbara Brown Wilson, a leader in sustainable urban and environmental planning, will discuss ways to build resilient communities in vulnerable neighborhoods during a lecture at Dickinson College. Her talk, “Resilience for All: Striving for Equity Through Community-Driven Design” will take place Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Anita Tuvin Schlechter (ATS) Auditorium. A book sale and signing will follow the talk.

Wilson will discuss how community-based projects that promote positive, equitable change in cities encourage resiliency in underserved communities. In vulnerable communities, which are disproportionately affected by negative environmental factors such as poor air quality, residents often do not have decision-making power due to institutionalized racism and classism, Wilson argues. She takes a deeper look at four communities in the U.S. and how they build resiliency in the face of problems such as climate change and gentrification.

Wilson is the director of inclusion and equity at the University of Virginia School of Architecture. She is co-author, with Steven A. Moore, of Questioning Architectural Judgment: The Problem of Codes in the United States. She received the University of Virginia All-University Teaching Award in 2018 as well as other awards and honors for her community engagement projects, including ArtHouse: A Social Kitchen Project, in Gary, Indiana.

The event is sponsored by the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues and a Civic Learning and Engagement Initiative Grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. It is co-sponsored by the Center for Sustainability Education and the departments of art & art history and environmental studies. It is part of the Clarke Forum’s semester theme, Sustainability.

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Published January 29, 2019