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2pm Spatial Justice and the University as City Builder

May 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

This working group explores the multiple ways in which large academic institutions and communities engage. Universities often provide economic boosts to cities and towns by providing employment, innovation, infrastructure investment, and social capital. The group will consider spatial, social, environmental and economic elements of these relationships through storytelling, readings, case studies, mapping exercises, and review of campus designs and planning policies.

With many universities introducing social equity training for their faculty, staff and students, the working group will explore and propose ways in which spatial justice can be incorporated within the community-university relationship with regards to training and spatial impacts on the city. This group will provide space for dialogue and reflexive practice for students, faculty and community members
outside of McGill. The group serves a need to connect campus expansion projects, community-university engagement strategies with the increasing number of social equity training programs provided to faculty, staff, and students at academic institutions. This group will address how spatial justice can be incorporated into this new training and influence campus planning and design, through storytelling, readings, case studies, mapping exercises, and review of campus designs, equity training, and planning policies.

The next meeting of the IPLAI Spatial Justice and University as City Builder group takes place Wednesday, May 24th, 14h-15h30 at Temps Libre (https://tempslibre.coop/). This week we will look at readings that take a legal/historical perspective on spatial justice, disability and the built environment in Canada and United States.  

The session will be held in the public space at Temps Libre (5605, avenue de Gaspé, suite 106). Currently, there is a ramp installation project happening for the space, but it might not be completed by next week. As an alternative, there is ramp access through the parking garage entryway. However, please note that the garage ramp entry is very steep. Please contact us or Temps Libre (438 405-6857 or info@tempslibre.coop) for more information about this access ramp. There are single-stall, accessible washrooms on the same floor as the public meeting space. 

Optional Readings:

May 24 // Historical Spatial Exclusion and Disability

1. Steven A Moore & Barbara B Wilson, Questioning Architectural Judgment: The Problem of Codes in the United States (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2013). [“General Introduction: Questioning Knowledge and Judgment in Architecture” & “Chapter 9 – Coding Disability: A Case Study of Frame Integration”]

2. Jean-Rémi Champagne, “Canadian action on handicapping environments” (1988) 2:3 Health Promotion International 305. 

Download outline. For more information please contact Jaimie Cudmore, PhD Candidate in the School of Architecture:
jaimie.cudmore@mail.mcgill.ca or Christopher Alton, PhD Student in School of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto: christopher.alton@mail.utoronto.ca

Date: Wednesday, May 24, 21017 Time: 14:00-15:30

Location:  Temps Libre (5605, avenue de Gaspé, suite 106)



May 24, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Temps Libre
5605, avenue de Gaspé, suite 106
Montreal, Quebec Canada
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