This show is a response to the anti-racism demonstrations and events going on the USA and around the world. It investigates the responsibility of spatial practice to racial justice at the societal level, the personal level, and the professional level. Unlike the other Recast by Design shows, this is not an interview I did myself : it features audio clips from Mabel O. Wilson, Bryan C. Lee, and Angela Davis from interviews and talks that I found particularly insightful.
Architectural historian Mabel O. Wilson has written widely on the politics of race, labor and architecture. In the clips in the show, she speaks directly to whiteness and what it means to thinking critically about white privilege for architecture projects.
Bryan C. Lee Jr., an architect practicing in New Orleans, is also featured in the show. His firm, Colloquate, has a strong methodology to think about design justice and also to ask other practitioners to think more broadly along a gradient of systems including pedagogy, policy, procedure, practice, projects and people.
The last set of clips in the show comes from the legendary political activist Angela Davis. Since the 1970s, she continues to be a provocative and influential speaker with a marxist feminist and abolitionist stance.
Find more from Davis here:
For further material about the prison industrial complex, I recommend watching Ava DuVernay’s film "13th" which demonstrates that slavery has been perpetuated through imprisonment: If you care about these issues, I believe supporting social justice causes makes a difference. I support the ACLU, The Bail Project, and the National Bailout, but I also recommend finding groups local to you.