P+DC [Common]Place Series

Equitable Places

Leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems
This session features an in-depth conversation with Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP, as she discusses her progressive architecture, urbanism and interiors firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems.

Facilitators: Amanda Christianson, AIA, and Ron Abo, AIA, NOMA

  • Participants will explore design solutions that transformed a Chicago Transit Authority bus into a mobile produce market that delivered fresh fruits and veggies to "food desert" neighborhoods. The model has since been replicated in seven U.S. cities.
  • Participants will explore affordable and adaptable residential design that reinterprets a historic neighborhood's material pallets for modern construction.
  • Participants will discuss and understand spatial solutions to supporting small businesses in informal economies.
  • Participants will discuss the long-term impacts of creating new civic commons while addressing design strategies with social, economic, and environmental value.
  • 1 AIACES HSW Learning Unit 

Course Lessons


Meet the Presenter

Katherine Darnstadt, AIA, NOMA, LEED AP

Founding Principal, Latent Design

Katherine Darnstadt is the founder of Latent Design, a progressive architecture and urbanism firm leveraging civic innovation and social impact to design more equitable spaces and systems. Since founding her practice in 2010, Katherine and her firm have prototyped new urban design systems to advance urban agriculture, support small business through Boombox, created spaces for youth makers, advanced building innovation though Blank Box, and created public space frameworks through Design Trust Chicago. 
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