EDRA52 Detroit: Just Environments: Trans-disciplinary Border Crossing


Posted on: December 22nd, 2020

EDRA52 Detroit: Just Environments: Trans-disciplinary Border Crossing

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The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) invites practitioners, researchers, and educators to join us at the 52nd annual conference to collaboratively rethink how environmental research and practice may serve as a foundation for change and justice. EDRA52 DETROIT: JUST ENVIRONMENTS will be virtual meeting. The conference is co-hosted by University of Detroit Mercy and Wayne State University.

The conference will focus on how research, design, and relationships between people and environments contribute to the creation of justice. The world is in the middle of several global crises at once—of pandemic, over-policing, racism, environmental degradation, economic and gender inequality—all of which together demand us to interrogate how we imagine just environments. EDRA52 invites proposals that both describe and speculate on trans-disciplinary modes of inquiry using novel approaches in research, teaching, practice, and co-production to create “just environments.”

The conference will provide a platform to explore issues of justice in the environment in relation to social, cultural, and economic sustainability; race and culture; education, workplace and recreation; youth and aging; health and wellness; equality in planning, policy making, and the design of public spaces; physical border conditions, urban fragmentation and divides; practices of inclusion and community engagement; intersections of justice and ecological sustainability; accessibility and mobility; environmental and community shared resources; pressing global displacement and migration issues; philosophical and ethical concerns; and the necessity of just social, built, and natural environments for a just future.

The Call for Proposals is still open with deadline is January 8th 2021 for the following submission categories: Visual Presentations (Poster, Digital Media Shorts) and Work in Progress – new submission category (Abstracts). For more information visit www.edra.org/edra52

The full Call for Proposal is available here.


The conference also includes the Great Places Awards, the Certificate for Research Excellence (CORE) award, the Graduate Student Mentoring Workshop, and Keynote sessions. Numerous sessions are eligible for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) by various accrediting organizations (AIA, IDCEC, ASLA, and EDAC).

Sources & Credits

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) is an international, interdisciplinary organization founded in 1968 by design professionals, social scientists, students, educators, and facility managers. EDRA came into being during a period of social awareness and social unrest, but also new horizons and new visions. True to its origins, EDRA continues to believe in an agenda of social responsibility that has grown from a barely perceptible idea to a more fully-formed vision for healthier, more democratic human environments.

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