"A Heart-centered Approach for Our Urban Future"

Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman

Wed, September 30, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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The Community Design Center of Rochester advances quality design to create healthy communities that are equitable, accessible and resilient. (Previously Adopted)


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Looking to the future through an anthropological and feminist lens.


A Heart-centered Approach for Our Urban Future

Join us for our next PLACEMAKING 101 webinar!

What is the city of the future in the face of a global pandemic and looming climate crisis? Can we co-create a vision for an ideal urban habitat? What role should womxn and BIPOC individuals play in crafting the equitable city? This talk will bring an anthropological and feminist lens to the discussion on the future city and advocates for one that is heart-centered, anti-racist, and revives a way of looking at our cities as habitats and ecosystems, rather than products or economic engines.

Wed, September 30, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

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Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman is a lecturer, researcher, and advocate for heart-centered cities through her firm THINK.urban. She was recently included in BBC’s 2019 list of 100 Women and invited to speak at the annual event in London on the future of cities and womxn. As an applied urban anthropologist, her work focuses on human behavior in public space and the relationship between behavior and design.



                                     Presented by Home Leasing

Our Reshaping Rochester webinar luncheon with Toni Griffin was attended by 165 people last month! The presentation explored design justice, and has been called timely, eye-opening, and truly inspiring. We thank Professor Griffin for taking the time to help us all begin to understand how to design a just city.

We also hosted a follow-up Community Conversation with Kate Mariner, PhD and Nana-Yaw Andoh, Assoc. AIA, CNU which can be viewed here.