Van Alen Institute

Van Alen Institute helps create equitable cities through inclusive design. In an equitable city, communities are engaged in the conception and creation of their built environment, regardless of income or personal circumstances. Community-driven decision-making builds resilience, social infrastructure, and ultimately, more just cities. We believe this can be achieved by:

  • Prioritizing the needs of historically under-resourced communities
  • Supporting embedded community organizations leading proactive change in their neighborhoods
  • Using the design process as a tool to deepen trust and partnership between residents and city government
  • Creating opportunities for community members to gain skills in engagement, equitable design, and advocacy
  • Building beautiful public spaces conceived by the residents they serve

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