COMUNIDAD Research Group is devoted to promoting equitable design and planning in Latinx communities.
Comunidad takes decolonial and transition design approaches to examine the factors causing unequal treatment in Latinx communities. Both of these theoretical perspectives advocate for historical accuracy regarding the social and economic treatment of these communities, as well as change-based perspective on their futures in the face of climate change and hazards.
Colonia-Lab was recently won a Case Study Award from the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy! We are working to bring knowledge of colonia flooding and community-based efforts surrounding resilience to the attentions of professional urban planners.
Colonia-Lab is participating in an interdisciplinary seed grant from the Program in Environmental Design focused on green infrastructure, planning, and urban design. The project examines the need for green infrastructure in U.S./Mexico colonias, but acknowledges the myriad social justice issues accompanying green infrastructure projects.
A bevy of new courses are being created in our program as part of a major curriculum update. I’ll be posting news and information about my new courses here. Mainly, these courses focus on introducing cutting-edge planning and design theories to our students.