DEANNA VAN BUREN

Lives and works in San Francisco Bay Area

Project Description: The Pop-Up Resource Village is harnessing the impact of design to address the social challenges that both lead to and have been created by mass incarceration. It does so through a new mobile infrastructure that will provide education, social services, and shelter for those who have been formerly incarcerated, as well as homeless populations and chronically undeserved communities in San Francisco. This series of re-used mobile units will also provide much needed urban regeneration to the location in need.

Update: Since receiving the Artist as Activist fellowship grant, The Pop up resource Village received a Google Impact Challenge Grant and garnered press coverage.  Deanna Van Buren was also invited to apply for a coveted ArtPlace grant, and is a finalist for the Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellowship, which aims to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys. Build out of the mobile education bus is slated to begin in April, and launched in September, 2016.  The Pop Up Approach to Fighting Mass Incarceration 


Bio: Deanna Van Buren is an architect and thought leader who researches, formulates, and advocates for restorative justice centers. She is on the national board of Architects/ Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility and is a founding partner of FOURM Design Studio in Emeryville, California. Van Buren spent over a decade creating domestic, institutional, and design education projects in the San Francisco Bay Area, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, and the Middle East prior to starting her own practice in 2010. Recent work includes the Designing Justice Designing Spaces Toolkit for working with incarcerated populations; facilities for restorative justice programs in Oakland, California; and a peacemaking center in Syracuse, New York, which is the first of its kind in the United States.  

You can follow Deanna’s work here.

Video interview with 2015 Artist as Activist Fellow Deanna Van Buren