Larissa is an urbanist whose experience in design and applied research supports inclusion in public spaces. Larissa has worked at the intersection of public space development and broad issues such as health equity, climate justice and safety. She is an expert in developing frameworks to guide goal setting, support the process, and assess outcomes of projects that would center them on social impacts towards equity. Larissa deeply understands the fine relationship between urban space, social structures, policies, and historic legacy. Her practice reconciles these through multi-method research, local engagement, on-the-ground data collection, and policy recommendation in order to make the urban process and resultant spaces more just. Larissa worked as a researcher at Gehl Institute and the Healthy Materials Lab. Prior to moving to New York in 2013, she practiced in London as an architect and led urban research projects in Cuba and Chile focused on community development and emergency housing, respectively. Larissa developed and taught the course Visualizing Urban Change at Parsons School of Design at the New School and received a bachelor of architecture from the Architectural Association and a master of arts in Theories of Urban Practice from Parsons School of Design.Email Larissa
What gets measured gets changed. Make Public works with local government, nonprofits and other urban partners to both guide and research the social impact of their work and help inform changes to policy, programs and design. Social impact measurements help our partners advance their work towards equitable and sustainable outcomes as well as hold decision-makers accountable.
We work closely with our partners to identify values and demonstrate how they can be reflected in their public realm planning strategies alongside economic and environmental concerns. We create resources, facilitate training, and develop tools to measure and highlight those values. We support local leaders to build capacity within their own organizations and strategize with partners to transform the public realm while centering the communities who inhabit it.
We see the public realm as all aspects of cities which have an impact on public life, this can be spatial or organizational. It includes public spaces, plazas, parks, transportation networks, community based organizations, engagement processes, public programs and more. Our vision is that spatial or organizational equity can only be achieved when there is local representation and agency, our work is centered on developing metrics for social impacts in the strategy, processes, design, and operations of the urban ecosystem.
Do you want to build equity and sustainability into your public realm strategies? Do you need help establishing the right goals to do this and measuring progress toward those goals? Do you need custom tools to support community advocacy with social impact data? Make Public can help.