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Welcome to Summer Jam

Don’t put away the beach bag just yet. The Perkins&Will podcast is back with a new co-host—hello, Eunice Wong!—and a special series focused on the people and places that bring us joy. Over three episodes, Eunice and Erika break down their recent conversation with Chicano brewery owner David Favela and how he designs for equity in Barrio Logan, San Diego.

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Episode 01

Cheers to Chicano Culture

Erika and Eunice invite you into their soulful conversation with San Diegan brewery owner and economic-development expert David Favela. They explore how cultural representation can unlock the power of design at any scale, from our neighborhoods to the beers we drink. They identify key ingredients for authentic design excellence and remind you that “you are cool.”

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Episode 02

The G Word: Gentrification

Continuing the conversation with David Favela, Eunice and Erika confront the hard truths about zoning policies, revitalization, and community engagement. Then David offers his strategy for gente-fication, a more human approach to community development that requires both perspiration and perseverance.

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Episode 03

Success = More Soul, Fewer Shortcuts

The warm weather is long gone, but Eunice and Erika are still nerding out with David Favela in Barrio Logan, San Diego. In this episode, they ask how we can put numbers on the success of communities and businesses. For David, the answer lies in the spatial and soulful statistics. To help understand the story, Erika and Eunice reflect on the importance of “mixing up” how we gather, analyze, and talk about data.

Summer Jam Extra

In the Beer Garden with David Favela

Get to know David Favela on his own terms on his own turf—in the beer garden of Border X Brewing in Barrio Logan, San Diego. In this extended interview, the Chicano CEO and brewery owner shares his backstory in the technology industry, his hot takes on culture and sustainable development, and why his community needs a Chicano 2.0. Plus, meet Yanel de Angel, managing director of Perkins&Will’s Boston studio and the genius behind ResilientSEE, a collaborative initiative to restore and sustain communities throughout her first home, Puerto Rico.