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Every year, socially motivated design professionals and researchers come together at EDRA with a shared belief; in creating environments that matter to people and where people mattered. But who do we design for? How do we listen to their needs, and desires? How do we navigate the inevitable conflicts between different stakeholders in the placemaking process? What kinds of environments do we want to create together in the end? The conference theme of EDRA48, “Voices of Place” sets out with these fundamental questions and invites participants to address issues of equity, justice, and inclusion in the context of environmental design.

Through nearly a half-century of environmental design inquiry, researchers and design professionals have addressed many critical social issues, continually modifying and evolving as new evidence is uncovered. Despite this effort, inequity persists. Design and planning processes are too often driven by loud voices and fail to reveal those that are quieter, quieted, or hidden. Myths of the “Average Man” expressed through da Vinci’s Renaissance Man and Le Corbusier’s Le Modulor continue to permeate design of our everyday spaces to the exclusion of the young, the old, other genders, and those who are less fortunate. Policies, planning, and design practices that are insensitive to diverse cultural practices and citizen voices erase the presence of anyone outside of the “average” ideal and turn a deaf ear to the past, present, and future of the whole of our communities. Further, building practices that focus only on the immediate needs of humans, and that fail to consider the natural world and ecology of the surroundings, threaten the health and the very existence of our own and future generations.

EDRA48 will be held in Madison - the cultural, educational, research, and governmental capital of Wisconsin. Strategically positioned between two sparkling bodies of water with breathtaking skylines, downtown Madison will provide an excellent stage for exploring issues in environmental design and research. The city has been consistently ranked as one of the top five livable cities in the United States, with innovative city planning that packs a big city into a small footprint. These issues are often linked to place and are being negotiated on a daily basis. Madison, WI is also a home to numerous residential and civic buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and other national historic landmarks, including the State Capitol. Join us and immerse yourself into a rich planning and architectural heritage of the American Midwest.


The EDRA48Madison Conference Committee invites you to submit your work and participate in the 2017 conference.

EDRA48Madison invites you to share your findings, best practices and ideas around the meeting theme of "Voices of Place: Empower, Engage, Energize."

Submit a proposal here.


Registration for EDRA48Madison is not open at this time. Check back in early 2017 to register for the conference.

Schedule at a Glance

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Pre-Conference Intensives

Graduate Student Workshop

Welcome Reception: Great Places Awards & CORE Recognition

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Concurrent Sessions, Networking Sessions, Poster Session, Keynote Session

Friday, June 2, 2017

Concurrent Sessions, Networking Sessions, Poster Session, Keynote Session

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Concurrent Sessions, Plenary Session, Mobile Sessions

EDRA Awards Banquet


A variety of sponsorship levels are available, each with customized benefits that are designed to provide optimal exposure.

To discuss sponsorship and reserve an opportunity for your company, please contact EDRA Headquarters at headquarters@edra.org or call 651-379-7306.

Sponsorship Prospectus


The EDRA Annual Conference attracts leading researchers, practitioners and academics from around world to provide an unequalled opportunity for you to network and build professional connections. Please contact EDRA Headquarters at headquarters@edra.org or call 651-379-7306 to discuss exhibitor information.

$750 Single Exhibitor includes:

  • One full event registration. Additional exhibitor registrations at $250 each
  • Recognition in program book, signage and meeting webpage
  • One 6' skirted table
  • Two folding chairs
  • Wastebasket


Monona Terrace® Community & Convention Center is headquarters for the EDRA 2017 Annual Conference. Sun-drenched and LEED Gold-certified, the convention center is home to stimulating design inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Monona Terrace, located in the heart of downtown Madison and overlooking Lake Monona, is surrounded by curving, geometric forms that converge with the breathtaking beauty of the natural environment.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace is connected via a climate-controlled skywalk to the convention center and is just blocks from the Wisconsin State Capitol and the University of Wisconsin Madison campus. Book online or call the hotel at 877.510.7465 to place your reservation. Be sure to mention you are with EDRA to receive the discounted rate of $164/night before Saturday, April 29, 2017. Group room rates will be extended three days prior and three days following the main program based on availability.

We also have a limited amount of student rooms available for $129/night. Students wishing to take advantage of this discounted rate can book online or call the hotel at 817.510.7465 to place your reservation with group code: EDRARL. Please note: all students will be required to show proof of student status upon check in.

Hilton Madison Monona Terrace offers complimentary airport transportation to and from Dane County Airport (MSN) daily from 7:00am-10:00pm.

For more information on Madison, check out www.visitmadison.com or the online Visitor Guide.

Travel Information

By Car

Click here for driving directions and parking information for the Hilton Madison Monona Terrace.

By Air

The Dane County Regional Airport (MSN) is just 4 miles from the conference location and offers more than 95 daily arrivals and departures. At MSN, arriving passengers find a variety of ground transportation options, ranging from taxis to rental cars to buses and other transportation services. The average taxicab trip between MSN Airport and downtown Madison costs approximately $18.

Getting Around Town

Travel by bike to see the sights of downtown Madison ranked the 5th Most Bikeable city by Walscore and the 7th Most Bike-Friendly City in America by Bicycling Magazine. Simply drop by Machinery Row Bicycles or Budget Bicycle Center to rent a bike. Or, use Madison BCycle, downtown Madison's bike-sharing program.

You can also get around by taxi and the Madison Metro Bus System.

Visa Information

Don’t delay in applying for a visa for entry into the United States, if needed. Such arrangements are the responsibility of meeting attendees. Visit the U.S. Department of State’s website for more information on obtaining a visa.


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