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Is It Just Space?
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The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network, in partnership with The Institute of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Humans and Nature, invites you to join us for a discussion about how justice is a critical component in how spaces are created, maintained, and engaged with.

When: 10/7/2014
Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2014, 5:30–-7:00 p.m.
Where: ICA GreenRise Room 600
4750 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, Illinois  60640
United States
Contact: Caitlin Sarro

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What kinds of cultural values are expressed in our built environments? 

A sidewalk, a street, a parking lot, a building—these are not simple objects or empty containers. They speak without words, giving clues about what is valued and not valued in those places, what function they are intended to serve, who is and who isn’t expected to interact with them. The way spaces are configured can bring people together, creating a place of engagement and participation; spaces can also push people apart, create physical dangers for pedestrians and cyclists, and degrade social interactions.  

  • So ... Is It Just Space?

    The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network,* in partnership with the Institute of Cultural Affairs and the Center for Humans and Nature, invites you to join us for a discussion about how justice is a critical component in how we create, maintain, and engage with and within space. 

    • Through interactive activities, all participants will be encouraged to share stories and ideas about justice and space in Chicago. 
    • A facilitated dialogue with four panelists—community activists Melanie Eckner (Uptown) and Orrin Williams (South Side), Sustainability Studies Professor Michael Bryson (Roosevelt University), and Professor of Urban + Environmental Policy + Planning Julian Agyeman (Tufts University, participating via Skype)—will reflect on key ideas surfaced by the full group about the relationship between justice and space.
    • The event will conclude with a full group discussion about implications for community action in Chicago. What concrete steps can we take to make Chicago spaces more just? What can we do separately and together? Should we continue the conversation?

    Please bring yourself and your ideas for making Chicago’s spaces more just to

    The Institute of Cultural Affairs
    GreenRise Learning Lab
    4750 N. Sheridan Rd.
    Tuesday, Oct. 7, 5:30-7:30pm

    Space is limited and we expect it to fill quickly. 

    *Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network

    The Chicago Sustainability Leaders Network (CSLN) connects grassroots leaders from communities across Chicago to share resources, support each other’s work, collaborate, build a stronger collective voice, and nurture equitable and impactful relationships with policy makers. The network is part of the accelerate77 program, facilitated by The Institute of Cultural Affairs.