To change this narrative, 2020-2021 Equitable Public Space Fellows, Kimberly Mota and Jasmin Tepale
recently released an innovative public publication. “Empowered x Design,” is a deep dive into critically analyzing design and planning practices through the experiences of teenage youth and multilingual communities. Kimberly and Jasmin honor the voices and experiences of those not often heard in traditional planning and design spaces, while also bringing to light the policies and practices that perpetuate the exclusion of these groups. Reimagining participatory design, Empowered X Design advocates for a responsibility of giving communities the opportunities to access the power and consensus behind the design of their neighborhoods.
After completing their fellowships in Fall 2021, Kimberly
now works as the Public Realm Programming & Community Engagement Manager at The Street Plans Collaborative, while Jasmin
is the Assistant Borough Planner at the Manhattan Office of the NYC Department of City Planning.