Restorative Justice by Design: Using restorative justice values to design transformative spaces

This webinar explores the relationship between restorative justice values and the architecture and design of spaces in which justice occurs, including restorative practices. This exploration includes a look at how justice theories influence design and how design influences psycho-social-behavioral outcomes. The webinar will emphasize a new architecture and design that facilitates justice outcomes such as accountability, transformation, and healing. The webinar will introduce ways in which to engage justice stakeholders in designing spaces to promote restorative justice outcomes and design features that embody restorative values.

Howard Zehr will facilitate the webinar.

When: December 10, 2014, 4:30-6 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (United States)

Cost: FREE but donations are accepted.

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Barb ToewsBarb Toews is an experienced practitioner, trainer, and educator in restorative justice, with a special interest in its application in correctional facilities. She is currently Assistant Professor in criminal justice at University of Washington Tacoma. Her current research focuses on the relationship between restorative justice, architecture and environmental design, and psycho-social-behavioral outcomes, research that includes the use of art/design-based interview approaches. She and Deanna VanBuren, principal at FOURM design studio, are co-creators of Designing Justice+Designing Spaces, an initiative to explore the relationship between restorative justice and the architecture and design of justice spaces. Barb has taught restorative justice and design courses using the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program model in which both incarcerated and non-incarcerated students take the course together as co-learners. One such course was team-taught with Deanna, as was a graduate course on the architecture and design of peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University’s Summer Peacebuilding Institute. Publications include The Little Book of Restorative Justice for People in Prison, Critical Issues in Restorative Justice, co-edited with Howard Zehr, and a chapter on restorative justice in prisons in Social Work and Restorative Justice: Skills for Dialogue, Peacemaking, and Reconciliation, co-authored with Kay Harris. Barb holds a Masters degree in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University and a PhD from Bryn Mawr College’s Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

Deanna Van BurenDeanna Van Buren is a thought leader researching, formulating and advocating for restorative justice centers, a radical transformation of justice architecture. She currently sits on the national board of Architects, Designers and Planning for Social Responsibility and is the founding partner of FOURM, design studio, a firm creating spaces for peacemaking and restorative justice. Deanna spent 13 years as a design lead on domestic, institutional and design education projects in the bay area, Europe, Asia and the Middle East prior to starting her practice in 2010. She has recently been awarded a Byrne Justice Innovation Grant with the Center for Court Innovation to develop a peacemaking center in Syracuse NY, the first of its kind in the United States. Funded by the Fetzer institute, she is also currently developing and implementing design studios with incarcerated men and women as well as writing the first design guidelines for creating restorative spaces in schools. Deanna received her BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia, an MARCH from Columbia University and has recently completed The Loeb Fellowship at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design.

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