CAUS alumna to speak in Detroit on Beloved Community research

From: College of Architecture and Urban Studies

College of Architecture and Urban Studies alumna Elena Muraca will be presenting her work on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Beloved Community concept at the Philosophy of the City conference this October in Detroit, Michigan. 

Thanks to funding from the Virginia Tech Honors College, as well as continued funding from the Policy Strategic Growth Area group (PSGA), Muraca has spent the past year traveling around the United States interviewing past colleagues of King's, as well as designers and policy makers who have worked to implement Beloved Community related values into their work. Interviews have included  Virgil Wood, a decade long colleague of King's and author of "In Love We Trust," Harvey Cox, former Harvard theologian professor and author of the books "The Secular City" and "The Market as God," and soon Ryan Gravel, creator of the Atlanta BeltLine and author of "Where We Want to Live." These interviews have since become a podcast series titled "Building the Beloved" and will be available on her website, It is her hope that through sharing these findings and resources with fellow designers, policy makers, and stakeholders that a powerful potential for inter-sectional collaboration may arise.

Muraca is a project coordinator for the Office of Economic Development at Virginia Tech.