Join us for the Edward D. Stone, Jr. Lecture Series

In remembrance of Edward D. Stone, Jr., a beloved colleague, mentor, partner, advisor and friend, the University of Florida’s Department of Landscape Architecture will host this lecture in his honor, commemorating Stone’s numerous contributions to the fields of landscape architecture and land planning.

Putting the ‘Public’ Back in Public Space

Featured speaker: Chelina Odbert
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
The Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida
Chandler Auditorium

About the lecture

Because of the virtues carried within its name, public space tends to evade the type of serious critical attention to which it ought to be subject. In professional circles, public space is given this matter-of-fact definition: “an area or place that is open and accessible to all peoples, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, or socio-economic level.” In reality, though, public space tends to be actually open and accessible to just a privileged few. They may be designated as public, but the experience of public spaces for far too many people—women, the unhoused, the poor, and BIPOC communities—is one of exclusion. In this presentation, Chelina Odbert, the co-founder and executive director of Kounkuey Design Initiative, will present strategies for making public space more public, demonstrating ways that designers, planners, and communities can ensure these shared environments are as inclusive as their name suggests they should be. 

About the presenter

Chelina Odbert is co-founder and Executive Director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI), an internationally recognized and award-winning design, planning and community development firm. She believes in the potential of low-cost, high-impact design interventions to improve the physical, economic, and social quality of life in low-income communities. Chelina’s expertise covers a range of topics, including participatory planning, social entrepreneurship, urban development, equity, environmental remediation, and social impact design. She holds a Master of Urban Planning from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College. 

Questions? Please email Dan Manley.

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