human-centered environmental design
why we do what we do?
Our mission is to curate safe environments for the facilitation of dialogue between American subsistence farming families, merchants, artists, artisans, and the institutions that impact their lives. Our pre-design capacity-building work is uniquely positioned to have a dynamic impact on the restoration of urban as well as rural post-industrial landscapes across the Americas.
Development without Displacement
“It is through a unique critical ethnomusicological approach to community engagement that Sally Blagg has been able to gain the support of a cross-section of institutions, organizations, merchants, and individuals with more in common than being siloed within a common landscape.”
environmental stewardship through self-awareness
Generations of immense stress and trauma have made way for the normalization of abuse and coercive control tactics; we, at Sally Blagg, believe that biophilic design, along with environmental stewardship advocacy, can serve all American people through grounding them in relationship with themselves, normalizing access to pathways both through and to the natural environment in the city and the countryside. Our ‘postcolonial’ capacity-building pre-design process is tailored to address issues in a trauma-informed manner through reimagining diverse landscapes while advocating for education and public policy changes.
Since 2008 our team has been convening design teams that live, work, and play in urban as well as rural post-industrial American cities. Our approach to increasing solutions-oriented media coverage in the areas where we work borrows from the scholarly fields of critical ethnography, ethnomusicology, and pre-contact urban planning. By housing our pre-design efforts amidst subsistence farming communities, artists, veteran families, and elder narrative keepers, Sally Blagg has been able to work with diverse communities, building dynamic teams inside of a cooperative pre-planning process. Long before speculative land developers raise the necessary funds to begin building we have been able to build capacity through strategic communications and community education.
Sally Blagg was created as an entity on March 9, 2017; it was arranged initially as a biophilic atelier in order to formalize focused investment in local subject matter experts during the pre-design process. In 2023, with our move to the Appalachian Mountains, we restructured our internal organization to better meet internal social impact goals. We are committed to supporting intrinsic value ‘up river’ through conservation, agribusiness, ecotourism, environmental stewardship, and public policy.
At the intersection of People & Place
Our focus on narrative-keeping in the preservation process is essential as it has been the mishandling of first-person narratives throughout history that has led to abuse, coercion, manipulation, and the ongoing suppression of American voices. The idea is that if we commit to the creation of safe species for cultural exchange, for accountability partnership inside of our shared narratives, then we will be better together.