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|EDRA49 Oklahoma City: June 6-9, 2018|
EDRA49 Attendee Registration will Open in January.
Join us June 6-9, 2018, for the 2018 EDRA49 Annual Conference in the Oklahoma City, Oklahoma! Walk along the streets of Oklahoma City, home to an attractive variety of historic buildings. Eye-catching religious buildings, and magnificent structures of great architectural and historic significance. Stay tuned for registration to open. Check out what OKC has to offer, click here.
What is social equity? And how do EDRA members promote social equity through their daily engagement with built environment research and practice? Community Shares of Cincinnati defines it as making sure everyone has equal access to community resources and opportunities such as housing, medical treatment, education, policing and transportation.
A simple way to assess social equity in our communities and institutions is to ask these three questions:
Organizations that work for social equity strive to help level the playing field for those who are at a disadvantage for any number of reasons such as poverty, discrimination or disability. While not guaranteeing equality of outcome, helping mitigate the effects of inequality through targeted social equity efforts can help us strive to ensure equality of opportunity.
Social equity is the least defined and understood part of the sustainable development agenda. In 2016, the United Nations recognized among the 17 most important goals for the next 15 years the need to promote greater peace, reduce hunger, improve inclusiveness and reduce inequalities across all sectors of society in addition to balancing economic and environmental costs and promoting smart, eco-friendly environments (UN, 2016).
Social equality is a multifaceted concept that deals with the idea of “biological equality” of all human beings regardless of race or gender, and supports the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. “Social equity includes universal fulfillment of the most fundamental human needs along with broad access to meaningful work, while respecting the enormous range of life circumstances and personal goals which may drive people to seek different kinds of livelihood.”
Social equity is also the cornerstone of healthy and successful social capital, i.e., the construction of communities whose well-being cannot be maintained for the few at the expense of the many. Yet the road toward a socially equitable city is fraught with conflicts between stakeholders and the values they embrace. What kinds of equitable environments do we want to create together in the end?
EDRA Oklahoma City
Every year, for almost 50 years, socially-motivated professionals and researchers in the environmental design fields have come together during the EDRA conference with a shared belief in the importance of creating environments that are supportive of all people. Through paper presentations, symposia, workshops, intensives, site visits and open discussions, we seek to investigate how to design environments that make communities safer and more enjoyable — more equitable.
The 49th Annual EDRA Conference (EDRA49) will be held in Oklahoma City — the cultural, educational and economic capital of Oklahoma.
Oklahoma City is located just 20 minutes from the University of Oklahoma, the state’s flagship university. OU is home to the College of Architecture, a center of excellence grounded in Oklahoma architect Bruce Goff’s American School legacy of contextual, resourceful and experimental design.
Oklahoma City is strategically positioned in the center of the state, at the crossroads of two important shipping highways: I-40, which extends coast to coast, and I-35, which connects north and south. It provides a complex foundation for exploring issues of social equity that can be addressed, in part, through environmental design and research. The city started as an agricultural center, and now covers more land area than any big city except for Los Angeles.
In the past, it’s been ranked among the least healthy cities in the United States — coming in last in walkability, but first in obesity. Over the past five years, however, it has been consistently ranked among the top five most livable cities in the country, supported by innovative city planning and economic programs that have brought about a dramatic urban transformation. This has led to the creation of newly livable, walkable neighborhoods and a renaissance of its downtown, where young professionals are flocking because of its sense of community and vitality.
Even so, areas of poverty and under-served populations remain, with some feeling that they have been left behind during this transformation, highlighting the complexity of negotiating issues of equity on a daily basis.
EDRA49 invites researchers and practitioners to share their knowledge of and best practices for promoting greater social equity in our world today and in the future. We welcome submissions in all environmental design research and practice areas. As you plan your submission, please consider the following tracks, which represent critical areas of focus among many EDRA members. We welcome a diverse range of perspectives from the environmental design fields and their allied professions.