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, is introducing 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 will be refined during Salons + Convenings. A year-long series of public convenings and by-invitation workshops will sift through the process and values of mindful city building. Two Public Convenings, hosted at UChicago’s Logan Center for the Arts, bookend the event series in June 2016 and June 2017. These free, open Convenings welcome a broad public to engage in the conversation.

Between the two Convenings, Place Lab will host monthly, small, invitation-based Salon Sessions at the Stony Island Arts Bank that work through each of the 9 Principles of Ethical Redevelopment. The content generated in these Sessions will be shared online in an open, public forum to encourage discussion. Ultimately, the presentations, conversations, and material generated by the Salons will be fully accessible to the public through the Place Lab website, a publication, and videos.

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