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Community Wellbeing: a Framework for Design (1 HSW)
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Community Wellbeing: a Framework for Design (1 HSW)

When: Wednesday, July 24, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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DIALOG, in partnership with the Conference Board of Canada, have developed a framework that measures community wellbeing. This session, led by Antonio Gomez-Palacio, will divulge the methodological process undertaken by both designers and researchers to develop the Community Wellbeing Framework, a tool for design professionals. Developed specifically for Interior Designers, Architects, Engineers, Planners and Developers, this framework deepens understandings and reshapes the purpose of design. The Framework leverages proactive considerations for wellbeing, measure the impacts and guides design decisions throughout a project’s lifecycle. Using a series of recognizable domains, identifying their corresponding connection to wellbeing, and indicators that provide measurable quantitative and qualitative data, the framework provides a snapshot of how design can positively or negatively affect future wellbeing.


Learning Objectives

  1. Gain detailed knowledge of the different indicators of community wellbeing, (political, environmental, social, cultural, economical) and the corresponding metrics that can be used to guide decision-making.
  2. Gain knowledge of specific tools and methodologies that can be used to build capacity with communities on topics of community wellbeing, and to host a meaningful conversation on the topic.
  3. Gain perspective and understanding from the lessons learned from different communities that have applied a Community Wellbeing Framework.
  4. Critically analyze a project to determine the influence of the wellbeing to its environment.


About the Presenter

Antonio Gómez-Palacio, Principle at DIALOG

As a founding partner of DIALOG and formerly of Office for Urbanism, Antonio is committed to creating healthy places, where people thrive – through dialogue. His work with cities, communities, and campuses, has been recognized with awards for planning and design excellence by the Canadian, the Ontario and the Alberta Institutes of Planners, as well as by the Environmental Design Research Association, the Design Exchange, and others. Acting at the intersection of urban design, planning, and architecture, Antonio’s work is characterized by an engaging and collaborative process, which delivers healthier, flourishing, complete communities. By collaborating across sectors and through the broad engagement of developers, residents, community and political leaders, and other stakeholders, Antonio’s plans, designs, and policies, have a unique track record of generating buy-in and being successfully implemented. Integrating community wellbeing as part of a city-building conversation has become a hallmark of Antonio’s projects. Antonio is regularly called upon as a speaker for topics related to Transit Urbanism, Urban Vibrancy, Resilience, Autonomous Vehicles and Community Wellbeing. He has acted as the Chair of the Toronto Society of Architects, and is the inaugural Chair of the City of Vaughan’s Design Review Panel.