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Design Research Symposium 2021: Second Story Collective
Start Date: 10/15/2021Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 10/15/2021End Time: 12:00 PM

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Design Research Symposium 2021: Second Story Collective
Friday, October 15, 2021
10 am – 12 pm

Join us for a dynamic online event exploring concepts of home, co-design, and the power of story to create connections across difference.

Second Story Collective is a collaborative venture of Drexel’s Writers Room. This collective of artists, activists, architects, and West Philadelphia residents is united by a vision: shared living space and shared stories can create a foundation for meaningful co-habitation.

In this online session we'll examine how principles of co-design and placemaking can address pressing needs in urban communities—specifically affordable housing and aging-in-place options.

Story Forward: an Anti-Displacement Panel with AmeriCorps

In this panel discussion, members of our project team will demonstrate the power of a diverse collective to design a more equitable future in their overlapping communities.

This session comes at the end of a three-year Community-led Participatory Action Research study funded by AmeriCorps, where an intergenerational team examined the current rates of gentrification in our neighborhood and explored the potential for university-community cooperative living. Panel attendees will be offered a window into the important collective work being done in urban housing equity through the lens of an AmeriCorps Research Analyst.

Panel participants will share the impact of the work to date, discussing this study’s examination of placemaking and placekeeping as one antidote to displacement. The questions we are still asking: How can we use the power of co-designing and co-creating to tackle deeply entrenched problems such as housing equity and displacement? How do we take hands thrown up in the air in frustration and helplessness and get them working together? How can we transform paralysis into practice?

Panelists include Ayana Allen-Handy, De'Wayne Drummond, Carol Richardson McCullough, Kimberly Sterin, Devin Welsh, and Rachel Wenrick. Moderated by Melissa Gouge.

Stories of Your House: a Participatory Workshop

In this community art-making and writing workshop you’ll reflect on homes you have lived in and begin to document connections between your living space, friends, and family. Through structured drawing, letter-writing, and collage exercises, you will re-imagine the layers of image and history that a home collects to create a family tree of past, present, and imagined future.

The first 50 registrants will receive a curated package of art and print materials in advance for use during the workshop.

Featuring Jacklynn Niemiec, Rebecca Rose, and Valerie Fox

Sponsored by Westphal College of Media Arts & Design, Writers Room, AmeriCorps, The Barra Foundation, Pennsylvania Council of the Arts, Integral Living, Justice-Oriented Youth Education Lab, and Design Philadelphia.

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