Social Equity

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Buildings are part of the community: they can contribute to or detract from their surroundings. In some projects, the social imperative is obvious (a nonprofit job center in an underserved neighborhood). In other buildings, the social justice impact is more subtle. The location of an office building influences who will have access to the jobs it houses, for example.

Additionally, the products and materials that make up these buildings, depending on where and how they’re made, have far-reaching impacts on communities and workers around the globe. Learn here about how to consider social equity throughout your design process, from site selection to product selection.

Social Equity

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  • Higher Expectations

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    Raphael Sperry, president of Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility, writes that EBN's February feature article on Wal-Mart should have included a review of the company's social-justice record.

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