Gulf Coast Green 2019
Crossroads: Inclusive Exchange


How design can create equity in housing, disaster recovery and community planning?


Increasing challenges such as climate change, development trends, discrimination and low educational attainment can leave vulnerable residents and communities in our cities disconnected from needed services and infrastructure, and without civic and participatory power. These challenges have a direct impact on our built environment and the development of solutions that might or not address comprehensively their rapid effects. Central to [bc]’s work is the practice of equity, and the design of systems and models flexible for different geographies and scales. This presentation will focus in the power of design in building equity through housing, disaster recovery and community planning.



Elaine Morales

Elaine Morales is a Design Manager at buildingcommunityWORKSHOP. She leads the Rapid Disaster Recovery Housing Program (RAPIDO) and [bc]'s disaster recovery planning work while supporting other making, community capacity building and policy initiatives within the organization.  Prior to joining [bc], Elaine centered her studies in architecture and urbanism on community development and international cooperation.

Elaine obtained a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master of Architecture from the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and a Master of International Cooperation from the International University of Catalunya (UIC) in Barcelona, Spain. She also has a Post-bachelor Certificate in Urban Studies from the UPR.

Time and Location


2:30pm - 3:20pm

CE Credit