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VIRTUAL EVENT: Design in a Post Pandemic World: Pandemic and the Parks
Design in a Post-Pandemic World is a discussion series that looks at how the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated changes already underway before the global crisis began; how those changes will likely affect our lives from now on; and how we can use the crisis to construct a more humane, equitable, and sustainable future. Each session begins with a brief introduction to the topic, followed by large and small group discussions as a platform to envision what could be and identify ways to move in more positive directions through collaboration and design.

This conversation will explore post-pandemic changes related to our use of parks and open spaces and our experiences of nature in urban and rural areas. After addressing short-term changes, participants will have the opportunity to explore long-term impacts and concerns about parks and open spaces related to human well-being, public health, social equity, environmental quality, and community design, and will use conversation to co-imagine new ways forward.  

Mary deLaittre (Great River Passage Conservancy), Bianca Paz Ribadeneira (St. Paul Parks and Rec), and Laura Musacchio, PhD (University of Minnesota) will lend their expertise on the design or parks and green spaces to kick of this conversation together with our series hosts.

Continuing Education: 1 AIA LU/HSW, pending approval. Must attend the full session.

• Abimbola O. Asojo, PhD; Associate Dean for Research, Creative Scholarship, and Engagement; Professor of Interior Design, UMN College of Design

• Thomas Fisher, Director of the Minnesota Design Center; Dayton Hudson Chair in Urban Design, UMN College of Design

• Virajita Singh; Associate Vice Provost, Office for Equity and Diversity; Senior Research Fellow and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Design for Community Resilience, Center for Sustainable Building Research; UMN College of Design

Contact: Lori Mollberg, Director of Alumni Relations, at or 612-720-4959.

Sep 30, 2020 03:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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