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People, Places & Public Policy

EDRA Conference in St. Louis to Feature ESLARP Activities

People from many professions interested in improving designed environments  will be coming together for a conference in St. Louis entitled "People, Places and Public Policy."  This conference is the 29th Annual Conference of  the Environmental Design Research Association.  EDRA is comprised of architects, landscape architects, planners, environmental psychologists, sociologists, people in governmental, academic and professional settings.

ESLARP was asked to provide a tour of East St. Louis for those conference participants interested in how a community/university partnership can help local residents influence public policy to achieve neighborhood improvements.  This tour will be conducted by Damon Smith, Patricia Nolan, and Craig Miller of ESL's Neighborhood Assistance Center (NTAC), and by a representative of the East St. Louis Community Action Network (ESL CAN). The tour will visit NTAC's office, the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities, Emerson Park Development Corporation, Carver Community Center,
and Winstanley Industry Park Neighborhood Organization.  At the time of this writing it is hoped that Vickie Forby of EPDC, Janell Stovall, of the Dunham Centers, Deacon Jackson of Carver Center, and L.D. Ward of WIPNO will be on site to discuss their operations in detail for the EDRA tour group.

Don Johnson will provide a "stand up" presentation at the site of his new housing in Emerson Park.

In addition to the tour, to ESLARP workshops will be presented at the EDRA29 conference.  Professor Robert Selby, Research Assistant Eric Bosman, and a representative of ESL CAN will present a workshop entitled "Principles, Practice and Promise," giving EDRA delegates an overview of ESLARP from faculty, student, and resident perspectives.

Professors Brian Orland and Varkki George and Research Associate Abhijeet Chavan will present a second workshop entitled "Computers in Community Collaboration."  This workshop will describe how computes serve students, faculty, and community partners over time and across great distances.  The panel and its audience will look to emerging computer applications in the community planning process.

A growing number of EDRA attendees are active in service learning projects in their own communities.  It is hoped that many useful ideas for improving the process may be exchanged at EDRA 29.

Document author(s) : Bob Selby
Last modified: 15 February 1998, Abhijeet Chavan