One of the most important guiding questions in anti-racism teachings is “Who am I/who are we to do this work?” We owe users of this guide our answer to that question so they can hold us accountable as we exercise our privileges to fight anti-Black racism in the field of urban planning. We are a group of majority non-Black graduate students and alumni whose lives have benefited from intersections with other forms of privilege, such as being male and cisgender or having access to family wealth and higher education. Some of us also identify as queers, feminists, and immigrants. We come to this work with a recognition that these identities produce a number of limitations and blindspots, which is why we are calling on everyone with an interest in tackling anti-Blackness within urban planning to collaborate with us and critique our work. For additional information on how we inform our allyship, please see Amélie Lamont’s Guide to Allyship.
The Visibility Project
Yale School of Architecture
The Visibility Project is an initiative by concerned students and alumni of the Yale School of Architecture to analyze the deeply entrenched prejudices and biases that exist within architectural institutions, beginning with our own.
Dark Matter University
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An anti-racist design justice school collectively seeking the radical transformation of education and practice toward a just future.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Documentary
Unicorn Stencil Doc Films
STREAMING FREE UNTIL JULY 31 Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth explores the social, economic and legislative issues that led to the decline of conventional public housing in America, and the city centers in which they resided, while tracing the personal and poignant narratives of several of the project's residents. In the post-War years, the American city changed in ways that made it unrecognizable from a generation earlier, privileging some and leaving others in its wake. The next time the city changes, remember Pruitt-Igoe.
Segregated By Design Documentary
Mark Lopez & Richard Rothstein
‘Segregated By Design’ examines the forgotten history of how our federal, state and local governments unconstitutionally segregated every major metropolitan area in America through law and policy.
Race, Architecture, Social Equity
A platform that collects multi media sources on the topic of race and architecture.
Anti-Racism Resource Guide
Taubman College Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team
This guide is intended as a collective space for learning, support, and sharing. Throughout the guide, you will find multiple ways of accessing the same information and ways you can contribute to racial equity in your personal and professional life.
Global Design Practice: Themes, Critiques, and Radical Alternatives
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
This multi-media list includes case studies from the course along with reading selections from key figures in contemporary design thinking and practice. These resources are organized into nine themes that reflect the breadth and urgency of the questions that are currently animating the field. It also suggests that design practice case studies—interrogating how practices represent themselves online through mission statements, graphic branding, and project selection—can be valuable when viewed through the lens of scholarly critique.
Race/Architecture/Decolonization Design Resources
The Architecture Lobby Toronto
A growing list of resources from books and PDFs to articles and audio/visual resources that address race, decolonization, and architecture.
Anti-Racism Design Resources
SPACE INDUSTRIES and ELL
This document is intended to uplift Black design communities, serve as a resource for communities in need of pro bono design services, and serve as a resource to non-Black and white people to deepen our anti-racism work within design disciplines. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues.