SWA team is passionate about working together with the Las Vegas community and community at large to honor difficult histories and recover the voices of those who fell victim to 1 October tragedy. We recognize the expansiveness of the impact of the event, and believe that it is important to reach a broad range of impacted audiences, with special care taken for the victims’ families. Continue Reading...
Ericka Aviles Consulting
Community Engagement Specialist
We will focus on ensuring that public dialogue is accessible, productive, meaningful, and compassionate. Through inclusive engagement, we hope to create the foundation, “Guiding Design Principles”, to be used as a ready reference benchmark, not only with our competition entry but also during the project evolution through detailed design.
The process will include workshops, interviews, review and collection of oral histories, and a virtual open forum. We will ensure careful listening is being conducted, so that we can build a responsive design framework that honors the victims.
Our engagement will address the following key audiences via in‐person and virtual means, both focused and less structured, when appropriate:
1. Stakeholder Focus Groups – consisting of victims’ families, survivors, and groups Clark County deems a priority;
2. Technical Advisory Groups – consisting of public officials and agencies that the team would meet to review technical and regulatory issues;
3. General Public – consisting of Las Vegas and Clark County communities;
4. Impacted national/international public network – consisting of the full extents of the impacted community, including anyone willing to contribute thoughts in a free‐form expression.
We acknowledge the accumulative work the City, Clark County, 1 October Memorial Committee, and Vegas Strong Resiliency Center have done to date, and will carefully review the relevant discussions and decisions from previous meetings, public surveys, and contribution from the Creative Expression idea‐generating process. It is our hope that in the months to come we will draw out important thoughts and feelings, and spark an engaging community conversation about the future memorial. Given the complex and sensitive nature of the project, our team recommends collaboration and sharing of relevant information across all teams participating in this process.
Our experience has shown us to allow space in the engagement process for change, to follow the path that
presents itself as things evolve, and to be careful to listen to all the ideas and qualities this project will
memorialize. Through careful listening, documentation, and thoughtful consideration, the design we craft from
this process will ultimately provide a lasting and permanent place for all; to remember, honor, and continue to