I am the Chair of the non-profit organization that is hosting this conference and highly encourage submissions that address moving “conservation equity” beyond natural environments into cultural ones. EDRA conferences have always included historic preservation/built heritage/cultural landscape content that focuses on the relationship between people and place and offer one of the only venues to explore the intersection of environmental psychology and heritage conservation.
Social Equity by Design: Designing Connections through Community
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (USA), 6-9 June, 2018
The conference organizers would be very interested in receiving submissions that address/explore social justice and equity aspects of historic preservation/built heritage conservation.
Every year, for almost 50 years, socially-motivated professionals and researchers in the environmental design fields have come together during the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) conference with a shared belief in the importance of creating and recognizing environments that are supportive of all people. Through paper presentations, symposia, workshops, intensives, site visits and open discussions, we seek to investigate how to design and conserve environments that make communities safer and more enjoyable — more equitable.
In 2018, EDRA will be in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, June 6 to 9, for the 49th iteration of our conference. EDRA49 invites researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge of and best practices for promoting greater social equity in our world today and in the future. We welcome submissions from all environmental design research and practice areas (including allied built environment and social science fields), and from academics, practitioners, and students. The EDRA conference is international; typically we have around 30 countries represented.
Possible tracks include:
- Designing accessible environments
- Housing design and policy
- Cross-cultural placemaking: Fostering diversity through community design
- Resilient community planning and design
- Economic development & community revitalization
- Participatory design strategies
- Emerging design tools: Data, simulation, and virtual design
- Education design and policy
- Healthcare design
- Historic preservation, heritage conservation, and the historic environment
The proposal submission deadline is October 16, 2017.