Gregory Henriquez Presents at 8th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices
This morning, Gregory Henriquez was one of the plenary speakers at the 8th International Conference on Design Principles and Practices, co-hosted by Emily Carr University of Art + Design and Carleton University School of Industrial Design. The theme of this year’s conference is Design as Collective Intelligence, and features a series of provocative questions designed to promote conversation, interaction and learning among participants: ‘What projects and creative solutions are designers producing for our collective future?’; ‘How does design contribute to the future of our societies?’.
In tackling these questions, Gregory provided a perspective on the role of the architect in society and shared insights documented in his upcoming book, “Citizen City“.
The key to Gregory’s ‘Citizen City’ approach is nurturing cross-sector partnerships among private real estate developers, nonprofits and various levels of government to achieve socially valuable priorities such as affordable housing and amenities that foster healthy, vibrant communities. Gregory has sought to expand the role of architect to civic activist, pioneering innovative development solutions that achieve social justice goals while delivering buildings that are culturally, financially and environmentally sustainable.
During his presentation, Gregory shared case studies of several Vancouver projects with the hope that lessons drawn from these projects will inspire others and aid in the creation of more vibrant, just, community-oriented cities.