Astrid Idlewild

Very. Varied.

at the opening for Join Us EIR in the Park, 18 November 2016. Photo by Taleen Der Haroutounian.

Taleen Der Haroutounian

Astrid is an urbanist and historian.

She’s produced critical work on what the public actually signifies in public spacing and on the legibility of place, and how demand is manufactured by private developers for securitized public realms. Urban placeism and Black womanist principles enrich her values and shape her advocacy for participatory citizenship, ethical place design, and social equity in planning policy.

In this, there’s one question which Astrid, informed by her own structural barriers, has struggled to answer: is practitioner equity and due diligence in city planning possible when the profession’s collective life experiences look so little like their city?