Addressing Social Isolation through the Built Environment

Join leading international urbanist and livable cities advocate Michael Mehaffy for a presentation and discussion of the ways in which the built environment can address problems of social isolation across the lifetime.

Older adults, and others, are experiencing unprecedented assaults on their social world due to virus-related exclusion. If this “vulnerable” population is expected to bear the brunt of failure in social isolation policies and practices, we are clearly in the realm of fairness and social justice considerations, not to be taken lightly.

Insofar as these episodes of exclusion and the dissolution of social and family networks may be with us into the future, it pays to examine not merely individual behaviors but community context and community solutions. The mental and physical damage created by social isolation is well-documented. One approach to community solutions should involve the study and improvement of the built environment that supports our social life, across a lifetime.

You are invited to an important conversation about this topic, abetted through the assistance of one of the leading international voices in urbanism and the livable cities movement – Michael Mehaffy.

Michael is an urbanist, architectural theorist, urban philosopher, researcher, educator, and executive director of Sustasis Foundation, based in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is also Senior Research Associate at KTH Royal Institute of Technology, and Director of the Future of Places Research Network in Stockholm, Sweden. He is the former Director of Education of The Prince’s Foundation for Building Community in London, UK.  http://www.livable-cities.org

Don’t miss this presentation and follow-up discussion. He will be joined by moderator Philip B. Stafford, Co-Design Director of Commons Planning, Inc., and Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University.  http://www.commonsplanning.org 

Photo credit: “Banco Vacío /// Empty Bench” by Walimai.photo is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

When

Thursday, December 10, 2020 from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM EST
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This is a FREE online event.

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