Diane Jones Allen | An Island Press author

Diane Jones Allen

Diane Jones Allen, ASLA, PLA, has a Doctorate in Transportation Civil Engineering, a Master of Landscape Architecture, and 27 years of diverse experience in private and public practice focused on the areas of land use design/planning, transportation planning, and large-scale residential and park design projects. She is the director of the Landscape Architecture Program at the University of Texas, Arlington. As principal landscape architect, she has focused on projects that affected the quality of life of community residents, whether it was strategic planning for county/parish development, site planning for public housing, urban design for a new transportation corridor, or design of a community playground. The purpose of the work throughout her professional career has been to have positive effect on the physical environment in which people live. The focus has been to bring equity, access, and enhancement to the quality of life of communities of various scales. 

#ForewordFriday: Democratic Design Edition

For decades, collaborative design has helped enliven neighborhoods and promote racial, economic, and social justice. But in an era marked by climate change, growing income inequality, and major advances in technology, designers are acknowledging...

For decades, collaborative design has helped enliven neighborhoods and promote racial, economic, and social justice. But in an era marked by climate change, growing income inequality, and major advances in technology, designers are acknowledging the limitations of public forums and other conventional methods of community engagement.

Edited by six leaders in the field, Design as Democracy reinvigorates democratic design. It offers fresh insights for creating meaningful dialogue between designers and communities in the 21st Century and for transforming places with justice and democracy in mind. Featuring contributions from the most experienced and respected figures in community design, as well as emerging democratic designers, the book presents 60 techniques for engaging with communities in empowering and effective ways. Techniques range from “Cellphone Diaries” and “Cross-Cultural Prototyping” to “The Spatial Design Game” and “Mapping Environmental Injustice.” Filled with inspiration, techniques, and case stories for a wide range of contexts, this essential collection belongs in the hands of anyone striving to create vibrant, important places.

Check out Chapter 1 from the book below.