Across the globe, urban re/development continues to displace lives and livelihoods, creating contests over land and belonging. This Saturday, September 13, 2014 from 8:30am to 5:30 pm, MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning will host a global symposium titled, People Matter: The Human Impacts of Planned Redevelopment.
The symposium will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of psychologist Marc Fried’s seminal publication, “Grieving for a Lost Home,” a study on the psychological impacts of redevelopment in Boston’s West End neighborhood.
This event will bring together scholars, practitioners, advocates and others to explore the enduring impact of this tradition of work to the field, to take stock of what we have learned, and to chart new directions for research, practice and public policy worldwide.
The symposium will be framed by three key questions. In the posts below, practitioners, scholars and advocates provide a range of perspectives on these questions as they reflect on communities and redevelopment in cities as diverse as Boston, Lagos, Cape Town, and New York.
How do we conceptualize and measure the impacts of redevelopment on people’s health, livelihood, culture, and identity?
Re-examining the Purpose of Redevelopment by Barika X Williams
The Agony of Displacement: Reflections from Nigeria by Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri
Who are we attempting to benefit and how will this be measured? by Marisela B. Gomez
Disasters Fast and Slow: Grieving for a Lost Home by Lori Peek
How have redevelopment planning policies and institutions changed — worldwide — since the birth of modern (and modernist) urban renewal in the mid-20th century, and what is the unfinished work?
Communities as a Force in Community Revitalization by May Louie
Beyond reforms to prevent displacement and/or mitigate its human costs, how can affected places and groups be remembered, strengthened and even healed?
Reconstructing from Bits and Pieces: a Cape Town Story by Bonita Bennett