When: Thursday, April 15 / 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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An Ecology of Equity (Morgan SA+P)

The built environment reveals how architecture and its respective commissioned process embodies spatialized psychologies (mental perceptions and behaviour) towards the authorship of human value. All too often to the detriment of reinforcing and architecting perceptions of supremacy, inequity, and dehumanization.

Transdisciplinary applications steeped in this understanding will invoke the necessary pedagogy and methodologies to interrogate/dismantle/abolish existing paradigms while co- actualizing representations of a spatialized ecology of equity.

April De Simone’s lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Thijs van Spaandonk, Dean of Urban Design, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Urban Design (RAvB)
  • Dr. Roberto Rocco, spatial planner and researcher at the Section of Spatial Planning and Strategy of the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)


3:30pm EDT Maryland time, which is 21.30 CET Netherlands time. The lecture is approximately 1 hr, followed by 30 min panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Open to the public.

Admission is free but we invite people to register using the ‘Donation Ticket’ and pay whatever you can afford, for example $3 (€3), $5, $10, or $30. Donations go to the speaker and her organization ‘designing the WE’ to support the powerful work they do to bring positive systematic changes to the urban landscape!

Advance registration required.

The webinar will be conducted in English language.

About the speaker:

April De Simone is a transdisciplinary design practitioner focused on the intersectionality of systems thinking human condition and design to advance equitable strategies within the built environment. Ms. De Simone explores how dominant mental models and perceptions centered on hierarchical value systems inform design outputs that perpetuate unsustainable and inequitable systemic conditions. In 2015 she co-founded designing the WE.