In response to the groundswell of support following the 2016 ASLA Diversity Summit keynote panel, Sasaki associate Diana Fernandez, ASLA, organized and authored a follow-up interview article, “The Ripple Effect: Diversity in Design,” in collaboration with fellow panelists. Two years after Fernandez’s initial reflection on the summit, this latest blog post touches upon how the panelist have changed and grown since 2016.
The 2016 Summit brought panelists together to share their perspectives on how designers can meet the needs of communities that have been historically underrepresented in urban policy and city-making processes. In her article, Fernandez discusses how landscape architecture can be a leading voice in remedying this.
“We need to inject ourselves into the national conversations on the topic via any medium or platform available to us,” asserts Fernandez. “We need to be vocal about our stance—in the same way our profession took a stance on sustainability and the environment, we must rise to become leaders and fight for social equity and justice in our built world.”
Read the full article here.