In a state known for badly built cities and soul-killing suburban sprawl, Franklin Street Works will host a discussion about new experiments in creating diverse, sustainable communities throughout the Northeast.
The event, 6-7 p.m. May 10, begins with the theme, “building homes-building community,” urban planner Thomas A. Stokes discusses the challenges and rewards of creating modern domestic structures and the current systems of thinking about pre-planned, multi-tiered income housing communities. This program complements Franklin Street Works’ current exhibition, House Arrest, which is on view through June 10 and explores the domestic in artworks, including shifting relationships to cultural and social norms both collective and personal.
Stokes is the vice president for resident services at Beacon Communities. He holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from M.I.T. and a Bachelors degree in Urban Studies. In addition to his eighteen years of program Development for comprehensive neighborhood planning, Stokes has another ten years of experience in recruitment, administration and advising in Higher Education. He is responsible for overseeing the Resident Services Coordinators and programs at 23 Beacon Communities throughout the Northeast, including the nearby community of Southwood Square Apartments in Stamford.