• Collection: Designing Justice Designing Spaces

 
 
 
 
 
 
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About this Collection

The tools, content and research for Creating Justice, Creating Spaces have been developed through a three-year essential collaboration between a designer (Deanna VanBuren) and social scientist (Barb Toews) and are currently being implemented in a Pennsylvania state prison and a county jail. The exemplar uses a multimedia curriculum to explore the application of restorative justice principles in creative design work – for instance, academic reading and discussions across relevant disciplines, real-world environmental analyses, and individual and group reflective/experiential activities.

With the designer-social scientist collaborative model, kit making, design exercises and qualitative data aim to solicit stakeholder input the re-envisioning and re-appropriating of institutional space using restorative values and principles. Ultimately, this exemplar engages and solicits insight about the creation of environments based on love and forgiveness from those who stand the most to gain from them.