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Thursday, April 5 • 1:30pm - 2:55pm
TH1.30.05 Negotiating Space and Power Upon Contested Grounds

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Visionary urbanists have advocated an approach to creating inclusive and meaningful urban spaces that puts people’s diverse needs, values, cultural preferences, and social norms at the forefront. One of the development challenges during urban transformations is that tensions and conflicts over resources and spaces can arise among users whose priorities, preferences, and needs are at odds with each other. These tensions can increase within neighborhoods undergoing change due to social, cultural, economic, and political circumstances. With increasing public commitment to equity, human rights, social justice, and sustainability, it is imperative to be inclusive of voices typically under-represented in planning processes. Drawing from case studies of marginalized urban and suburban communities in different cities and regions, this panel examines how immigrants and community members have negotiated political power and claimed space and rights within host cities and societies. Situated in contested grounds within global, national, regional, and/or local contexts, the panel addresses critical urban development issues that intersect with the politics of power negotiation, and explores new approaches to creating inclusive and equitably shared spaces.

Moderator: Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang, Ryerson University

Building Inclusive Communities in Immigrant Suburbs: The Negotiation of Space, Place, Power, and Rights 
Zhixi Cecilia Zhuang, Ryerson University

Las Lomas: Appropriating Spaces 
Cecilia Giusti, Texas A&M University

Placing Resistance: Locating Activism in the City 
Kimberley Kinder, University of Michigan

Thursday April 5, 2018 1:30pm - 2:55pm EDT
Wentworth (2nd Floor)