Several dwg. team members had the opportunity to attend last week’s SXSW Cities Summit, which provided an opportunity for civic leaders and creative urbanists of all disciplines to join together to learn, strategize and form coalitions to transform the cities of tomorrow. The two days of dynamic programming, performances, pop-up exhibits, and events explored the future of our cities.
Dismantling With Design, presented by Antionette Carrol of Creative Reaction Lab discussed the opportunities designers have to create equitable cities.
She stated that by 2030, 70% of the population is expected to live in cities. With this massive change taking place, designers have the opportunity to disrupt the establishments of inequity. She cited the power of design to be an invisible disrupter and that designers are naturally makers and navigators of complexity.
She noted a prominent quote from IBM, with a careful distinction:
Design is the intentional behind an outcome. – IBM
Design is the intention (and the unintentional impacts) behind an outcome.
This presentation was a powerful reminder that decisions that designers make absolutely matter. A system produces what it is designed to produce, so values of equity should be implemented prominently in the design process.
Carrol also noted that equitable cities are not made through policy change, but through intentional mindset change.
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