Toward Culturally Enriched Communities

Informing how the built environment can be a medium for creating healthy and connected communities in which everyone can thrive.

We fuse research findings with design-related best practices to eliminate health, income, and educational racial disparities and strengthen the economic and cultural vitality of neighborhoods, cities, regions, and states. You can search for best practices by building type and city, foster synergies with other cultural enrichers, and connect with us for more targeted resources and dialogues.


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Why our process matters

The built environment is among the primary settings where we live, work, play, socialize, pray, study, eat, cook, and engage in activities that impact our ability to live healthy and connected lives. As social inequalities are partly spatially constructed, by suppressing diverse meaning-making processes, the built environment can delineate the construction of health, income, and educational disparities. 

Cultural Enrichers, be they, educators, architects, planners, policy makers, housing developers, neighborhood organizers, and advocates can use the strategies, eight principles, and best practices of Culturally Enriched Communities to create places that contribute to the prosperity and well-being of all people. 

Recent Conversations and Publications

UMN Initiative on the Sustainable Development Goals – Panel on Reducing inequalities– Aug. 25, 2020.

Hadjiyanni, T. (2020). Reflecting on community-engaged research in the post-pandemic and post-protest era. Palgrave Macmillan Social Science Matters.

Hadjiyanni, T. Why I believe in Minneapolis. MinnPost, June 22, 2020.

Interview with Yianna Iakovou on RIK Cyprus – Kyprioi tou Kosmou, January 16, 2021.