Ethical Redevelopment makes the case for mindful city-building. By utilizing cross-city networks and cross-sector innovation, Ethical Redevelopment encapsulates a philosophy by which to shift the value system from conventional, profit-driven development practices to conscientious interventions in the urban context.

It is articulated by an emerging set of 9 Principles that were drawn from artist-led, neighborhood-based development work on Chicago's South Side. Place Lab, part of the University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life initiative, has introduced the 9 Principles in their early stages of development in order to share and refine with other willing urban practitioners who believe in spatial equity for cities.

Ethical Redevelopment has been refined during the Salons + Convening. A year-long series of public convenings and by-invitation workshops sifted through the process and values of mindful city building. A Public Convening, hosted at UChicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, began the event series in June 2016. The free, open Convening welcomed a broad public to engage in the conversation.

Following the Convening, Place Lab hosted monthly, small, invitation-based Salon Sessions at the Stony Island Arts Bank that worked through each of the 9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment. The content generated in these Sessions—presentations, video, photos, blogs, and essays—will be shared online in a website and publication. Blog posts on the Convening and each Salon are available on the Place Lab SITE:Blog

Review the emergent 9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment, as they've been articulated thus far: