Folks as experts: inspiring community participation in transforming brownfields into green spaces
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Today, there is an increasing interest in reclaiming contaminated sites as public green space. In most cases, a brownfield redevelopment project involves a variety of professionals, agencies and community members. However, community members, including residents who are immediately impacted by the redevelopment process, are not often given the opportunity to participate in creating visions or developing design initiatives. Brownfield redesign projects, especially those that create green spaces, can either have a galvanizing effect on a community or drive a wedge through it. This thesis aims to explore to determine how landscape architects can better engage community members to participation in the design process when repurposing brownfields as green spaces. Following literature review, case studies, discussion and an integrated participation guideline will take place.