Shannon Delaney is Moving Durham, NC to Action
By Kristin Gecan
October 21, 2019
What does Durham love even more than diverting food waste from landfills and contributing to healthier soil?” writes Shannon Delaney (MDes 2018) in a recent LinkedIn post. “Co-creating equitable, municipal services with the very community it’s going to serve.”
The first question for Delaney and her team when they started working on their composting project for Durham, North Carolina, was whether composting was something residents and the city could and would take on—whether it was desirable and how it was feasible.
It was also critical for residents to be part of the design process.
From Fast Company:
Now the city is working on its next prototype before it introduces a fuller pilot of the program.
The project is funded through a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Cities around the world are adopting human-centered design techniques to improve civic life and civic infrastructures. Through participatory processes like these, design can address large-scale problems effectively, ensure access, and promote sustainability. At the same time, communities come together.