Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA
Department of Sociology
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Doerr School of Sustainability
Public Policy Program
Just Urban Design: The Struggle for a Public City
Scholars who write about justice in the city rarely consider the practices and processes of urban design, while discourses on urban design often neglect concerns about justice. And yet, urban design interventions can have direct and important implications about justice in the city. The talk will delineate the concepts of urban design for justice, public city, inclusive urbanism, and design for difference, which compose the cornerstones of the recently published book Just Urban Design. It will ground the theoretical discussion in empirical work by the author that shows how the unjust urban design of Los Angeles inner-city neighborhoods denies older inner-city residents some basic rights to the city.