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“Community Engagement in the Context of Growth: Lessons from the Kaka’ako Urban Planning Academy”
Karen Umemoto, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at University of Hawai’i at Manoa
Wednesday, February 24, 2016
CAP Building, 1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202
Construction cranes fill the skyline of a Honolulu neighborhood, raising anxiety and prompting questions among locals. Who can afford to live in these expensive highrises? In 2015, the University of Hawai’i organized a “public planning academy” in the heart of this redevelopment district. The purpose was to even the playing field of knowledge between citizens, small businesses and developers and encourage more productive public dialogue. Dr. Karen Umemoto, Professor and Chair of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Hawai’I at Manoa discussed this experiment in bringing planning education to the public, and how the lessons learned might be useful for planning in Denver.
Dr. Karen Umemoto is co-author of the books Jacked Up and Unjust: Pacific Islander Teens Confront Violent Legacies (2016) and Being Fearless and Fearsome: Colonial Legacies, Racial Constructions, and Male Adolescent Violence (2012), and the chapter “Cultural Diversity” in Rachel Weber and Randall Crane, Oxford Handbook of Urban Planning(Oxford University Press, 2012), and author of The Truce: Lessons from an LA Gang War (Cornell University Press, 2006). She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of the American Planning Association, Journal of Planning Education and Research, and Planning Theory, and has been Chair of the Diversity Committee of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning. Umemoto holds a Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.A. in Asian American Studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, and B.A. in Interdisciplinary Social Science from San Francisco State University. Her research centers on issues of democracy and social justice in multicultural societies with a focus on U.S. cities; her interests are primarily in planning and governance in multicultural societies, race and ethnic relations, youth and urban violence, and community building.
Kaka‘ako Our Kuleana: A Free Urban Planning Academy for Everyone was a free six-week series of public workshops in October and November 2015 to learn about development issues in the Kaka‘ako neighborhood in Honolulu and to engage in innovative placemaking ideas for Kaka‘ako’s future.