Placemaking Week 2024
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Wednesday, June 5 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
WORKSHOP: Empowering Placemaking through Restorative Justice: A Community-Driven Framework for Equitable Placekeeping & Municipal Master Planning

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In the past years, restorative justice has become a pillar of spatial justice and inclusive urban planning. Yet few practitioners have developed actionable frameworks to integrate its principles into neighborhood placekeeping and planning processes. To address this gap, the Community Health team at Public Works Partners developed a dynamic, and evolving, restorative justice framework for municipal master planning. At the heart of our framework lies the Justice Index, a comprehensive tool co-created with stakeholders deeply affected by historical planning injustices. The Justice Index serves as a multifaceted compass, encapsulating approximately 10 visions articulated as justice statements for a ''just'' city or region. Within the context of placemaking, the Justice Index becomes a transformative guide, providing concrete benchmarks for the development of inclusive and identity-driven public spaces. The visions within the Justice Index encompass not only physical aspects but also social and cultural dimensions, fostering a sense of community and belonging.  Throughout our workshop, attendees will gain a deep understanding of the Justice Index's composition and its implementation in placemaking efforts. By examining case studies such as the revitalization of the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center in the North-East section of Portland, Oregon, participants will witness firsthand how the Justice Index can inform and enrich placemaking strategies. Our approach involves hands-on exercises and interactive discussions, allowing attendees to actively engage with the Justice Index and apply its principles to their unique municipal challenges. Through this experiential learning, participants will develop the skills to adapt and integrate the Justice Index into their own placemaking initiatives. Our goal is to empower attendees with actionable insights, leveraging case studies to illustrate the transformative potential of the Justice Index in creating more inclusive, equitable, and culturally resonant urban spaces.

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Aron Lesser

Manager, Public Works Partners
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Melissa Lee

Principal, Public Works Partners

Wednesday June 5, 2024 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
MICA - Fox Building, Room 210 (2nd Floor)