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How do you experience a public space? Do you feel safe? Seen? Represented? The response to these questions may differ based on factors including your race, age, ethnicity, or gender identity. In the architecture and design professions, decisions about the articulation of public spaces and who may be honored in them have often been made by white men. How do designers rethink design processes to produce works that hold space for the diversity of people using them?
In Empathic Design, designer and architecture professor Elgin Cleckley brings together leaders and visionary practitioners in architecture, urban design, planning, and design activism to help explore these questions. Cleckley explains that empathic designers need to approach design as iterative, changing, and shifting to say, “we see you”, “we hear you”. Part of an emerging design framework, empathic designers work with and in the communities affected. They acknowledge the full history of a place and approach the lived experience and memories of those in the community with respect.
Early chapters explore broader conceptual approaches, proposing definitions of empathy in the context of design, disrupting colonial narratives, and making space for grief. Other chapters highlight specific design projects, including the Harriet Tubman Memorial in Newark, The Camp Barker Memorial in Washington, D.C., the Freedom Center in Oklahoma City, and the Charlottesville Memorial for Peace and Justice.
Empathic Design provides essential approaches and methods from multiple perspectives, meeting the needs of our time and holding space for readers to find themselves.
Chapter 1: From Empathy to Ethics
by Christine Gaspar
Chapter 2: Making Space for Grief
by Liz Ogbu
Chapter 3: Unseen Dimensions of Public Space: Disrupting Colonial Narratives
by Erin Genia
Chapter 4: Renewing Spatial Agency for a Community: The Freedom Center, Oklahoma City
by Cory Henry
Chapter 5: The Harriet Tubman Memorial, Newark
by Nina Cooke-John
Chapter 6: Materializing Memory: The Camp Barker Memorial, Washington, D.C.
by Katie MacDonald and Kyle Shuman
Chapter 7: Practicing _mpathic Design: The Charlottesville Memorial for Peace and Justice
by Elgin Cleckley
Chapter 8: Incorporating Empathy: To Middle Species with Love, Columbus, Indiana
by Joyce Hwang
Chapter 9: Teaching Empathy and Community Engagement through Storytelling
by CL Bohannon
by Mitchell J. Silver
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