Articles, Books, Syllabi, & More

On The Futility of Listening

Black Student Alliance of GSAPP

July 31, 2020

A Statement from the Black Student Alliance at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation [BSA+GSAPP] to the Columbia GSAPP Dean, Faculty, and Administration

Unlearning Whiteness

Black Faculty of GSAPP

July 31, 2020

A Statement from the Black Faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Race, Space, and Architecture: Towards an Open Access Curriculum

Huda Tayob & Suzanne Hall

July 21, 2020

This project asks what a curriculum on space-making and race-making might look like with architecture and the
designed world as a key reference point. We engage with how understandings of race-making might be extended
through imagined and constructed forms of architecture.

Carceral Architectures

Mabel O. Wilson

July 2, 2020

An article published in 2016.

Race and Design Texts


June 30, 2020

A growing list of resources, ranging from PDFs of books and articles to audio/visual resources to masterlists that address a wide range of subjects relating to the practice, theories, technology, social implications, etc of design-related fields.

Race, Space, and the Law

Desiree Valadares, UC Berkeley

June 30, 2020

This reading list explores the law’s historical role in the constitution of space, place, the body, and various other modalities of belonging in the U.S. The focus lies primarily on integrating legal history texts into architectural scholarship to examine race (and its intersections) and to trace changing legal notions of property, territory, nationhood, and citizenship. A range of scholarship, from disability studies, public health, architectural history, legal history, environmental justice, whiteness studies, immigration studies, gender and sexuality studies, animal studies, and housing and urban studies in addition to recent literature on prisons, militarization, and waste is included.

The Decolonizing Design Reader

Ramon Tejada

June 30, 2020

This reader is an attempt to gather materials to begin the process of EXPANDING and making design more inclusive. It is about reading and engaging with others.
It is by far from complete, actually, it will never be finished. We have so much to read and consider to expand design. ¡Adelante!


See link for list of all contributors

June 30, 2020

This reading list was collectively produced by a group of architectural historians, art historians, architects, and urbanists in reaction to the August 2017 events in Charlottesville. We have assembled a series of readings on how race and racism are constructed with spatial means, and on how in turn space can be shaped by racism. The list is meant primarily as a teaching resource and is open for viewing and sharing.