Renia Ehrenfeucht

University of New Mexico

"Building Futures for All of Us: Grassroots Action, Everyday Life, and the Power to Reshape Our Societies"

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403
UB South Campus

How can planners and designers learn from people’s everyday actions to tackle seemingly insurmountable issues such as mitigating and adapting to climate change, dismantling racism, decolonizing our institutions, and building environmentally sustainable and socially just societies? This talk will use cases of grassroots action that promote social and climate justice to show that alternative futures are possible and to reflect on how planners and designers can change societal structures to meet these challenges.

AIA continuing education credits available (1 LU/HSW)
AICP CM credits available (1.5 CM), courtesy of APA New York Upstate Chapter


Renia Ehrenfeucht.

Renia Ehrenfeucht, Professor of Community + Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico

Renia Ehrenfeucht is a Professor of Community + Regional Planning at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Ehrenfeucht’s research is centered how people, in their everyday lives, shape community and social change along with how planning furthers or hinders socially and environmentally just community action. In this work, she focuses on public space use and design as core spaces where we live together in diverse societies, and often the first spaces people experience community change. She examines the opportunities people find on streets and sidewalks, and the controversies that arise over the rights to the streets including food trucks and street vending, street work, street trees, monuments, responses to homelessness among others. Her other research focus is shrinking cities and communities. In Louisiana, cities and communities are experiencing rapid coastal change driven by climate and development that intersects with economic and social forces, and residents are responding in myriad, innovative ways. Dr. Ehrenfeuchtis also exploring similar and different processes in arid lands such as New Mexico. She is the UNM lead for the South Central Climate Adaptation Science Center. She has written two books, Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation in Public Space (with Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris) andUrban Revitalization: Remaking Cities in a Changing World (with Carl Grodach), and numerous journal articles.

AICP CM credits available for this event

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