Deanna Van Buren – Achieving Equity in the Built Environment
Architect Deanna Van Buren illustrates her lifelong commitment to ending mass incarceration by building infrastructure that addresses its root causes. She shares how her studio works to counter the traditional adversarial and punitive architecture that characterizes our legal system by creating spaces and buildings that enable Restorative Justice, community building, and housing for people coming out of incarceration. She is co-founder, Executive Director and Design Director of the Oakland-based architecture and real estate development non-profit Designing Justice + Designing Spaces (DJDS).
Deanna Van Buren delivered this talk at the 2021 Bioneers Conference. Read the transcript of this video here!
A widely-traveled, award-winning, groundbreaking activist architect with 16 years’ experience designing projects internationally and a major thought leader in advocating for restorative justice centers (a radical transformation of the criminal justice system), Deanna Van Buren is Executive Director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, an architecture and real estate development firm innovating in the built environment to end mass incarceration; and serves on the national board of Architects/ Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility.
Raphael Sperry, an architect, sustainable building consultant, and human rights advocate, examines how engaged scientific, technological and design professionals can ensure the careful weighing of social justice, public health and environmental impacts becomes a cornerstone of all decisions made in their disciplines.
Restorative justice is a perspective that can transform society and our justice system. By promoting healing over harm, its practices can bring communities together in the mediation of conflict. This video features Fania Davis, co-founder and director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth (RJOY).