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Designing the Humanistic City

Traditionally, we design our communities block by block, establishing their physical identity by drawing boundaries and defining what happens within them. Yet it’s the human aspects of a community—it’s social and cultural identity—that makes a community impactful by framing the lives we want to live and the people we want to be. So, what if we turned our approach to community design inside out? What if we first created blueprints for social and cultural experiences and then let the physical identity fill in the gaps, adapting over time as our needs evolve? This panel will investigate how human-centered design applied at the urban scale can create meaningful experiences for communities.

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Beth Zacherle, Strategic Innovation Designer, HDR

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