CTBUH Chapter Event

The CTBUH Chicago Chapter Presents: Design at its Finest: In the Neighborhoods First

Tuesday, 25 August 2020 | Online Event

The CTBUH Chicago Chapter hosts a virtual panel discussion examining how the inequitable distribution of resources has affected Chicago’s urban habitat. The predominant attention given to the city’s downtown districts comes at the expense of outlying neighborhoods, which have historically been underserved or neglected. Past city planning and urban renewal projects have not adequately addressed the economic needs of residents, the majority of which are BIPOC, and in some cases, have created or exacerbated these problems. To restore a sense of safety and security, neighborhoods require quality design interventions working in concert with community reinvestment. This panel evaluates ongoing urban planning measures with the aim of inputting to more balanced and inclusive planning strategies.

This discussion is moderated by Smitha Vasan, Architect II, SmithGroup and President of the Illinois Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.


Principal - Global Director of Cities + Urban Design, Gensler
Chicago, United States

Jasmine Gunn

City Planner V, City of Chicago
Chicago, United States

Gaby Miramon

Senior Design and Construction Manager, The Community Builders
Chicago, United States

Juan Moreno

President, Juan Gabriel Moreno Architects
Chicago, United States
Architect II, SmithGroup
Chicago, United States