City planning can be used to meet short and long-term community needs, Director of the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio David Perkes said Tuesday.
Perkes, who is also a professor at Mississippi State University, spoke to a group of graduate students in New East Building. He said a focus must be put on resilience and public interest design, which he defined as architecture driven by bigger community needs.
“Public interest of design is extending the benefits of design to more people, especially those who can’t pay for it,” Perkes said.
He said resilience is about making systems more able to handle change. He said it is a long-term effort the community must be involved in.
“Resilience is adapting and getting stronger in the uncertain social-ecological context of abrupt changes and slow changes,” Perkes said.