The built environment will be a critical arena for responding to climate change. But with only ten years left to take meaningful action to prevent the worst impacts of climate change, there is a tension forming between mitigation and adaptation actions -- and local communities shouldn't be forced to choose between them. Do we focus the attention of designers and planners on mitigating future warming (such as accelerating decarbonization at scale), or focus on creating resilient communities (for example through flood mitigation techniques) that can withstand the climate crisis? What is the role of design professionals to establish the right partnerships on the ground? What is the current landscape for taking action, and how does this relate to compounding inequalities? How can professionals and academics collaborate with local environmental justice communities so we can co-create policy, planning and design proposals?
Nick Pevzner of UPenn's Weitzman School of Design, Shachi Pandey of Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and MUD Workshop, Jalisa Gilmore of the NYC Environmental Justice Alliance and Juan Camilio Osorio of Pratt Institute’s Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment will discuss different approaches to addressing climate mitigation and resilience through community partnerships.