CALL FOR REVIEWERS – Empowering BIPOC Youth: Pathways to Sustainable Design Futures

This school year the Landscape Architecture Department received a SEED Grant to work with the youth of surrounding communities of the Duwamish River on a landscape architecture mock studio. The project outlines that UWASLA Youth Outreach Coordinator and volunteers will engage students around questions of public space, ecology, and social justice. The studio will serve as a space for youth to reflect on the traumatic effects of living near a Superfund Site while generating awareness of the importance of maintaining a healthy community. The design studio will focus on Jack Block Park, located in West Seattle along the Duwamish Waterway. Through exploration, conversations, and design, students will begin to imagine the land and water’s potential. The project seeks to empower youth to reimagine a different, more equitable and just future through the lens of landscape architecture.

For the first cohort we worked with Proyecto Saber, which means Project to Know, is a class offered at Denny International Middle School, whose mission is explicitly committed to social change and decolonization through an ethnic studies lens. Student teachings include leadership skills, ethnic studies, academic support, and college readiness.

We are reaching out to current students and professionals to join us on the students final presentation day on March 18, 2022 between 8:30am-3:00pm at Denny International Middle School. Reviewers are asked to commit to class times (google form signup), as they will be changing every 50 minutes. The format of this event is a gallery walk where reviewers interact with students and leave comments on projects. As this is the first introduction and exposure to Landscape Architecture and design professionals for many of these students, we ask that reviewers support this exploratory phase by centering focus and curiosity on student priorities and interest.

What: Call for Reviewers

When: March 18, 2022 @8:30-3:00pm (1 hour commitment minimum – signup for time slots)

Where: Denny International Middle School – 2601 SW Kenyon St, Seattle, WA 98106

Why: To provide support and learn about youth interest and needs for their community.

How: Gallery walk style presentation for each class period (50 minutes), where reviewers are welcomed to interact and engage with students and projects. As reviewers you are welcomed to commit to the whole schedule or select times that work best for you (see google form)

If you are interested in becoming a reviewer please fill out the google form below. If you have any questions please contact Maria Arevalo at arevam@uw.edu