Social Injustice…Underrepresentation…Discovering Our Role

The Black in Design conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously broaden the scope of what is included in the design discipline and to open a discussion about the historical, present and future contributions of African descendants to the field.

On October 9-10, 2015, the inaugural conference will align design students, architecture and urban planning faculty and an array of allied design practitioners with professional organizations from a broad range of discipline.  It is the pleasure of the Boston Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects (BosNOMA) to assist in this effort, as the conference mission is congruent with NOMA’s strengths: promoting urban and other disenfranchised communities, highlighting excellence and achievements of Blacks and other minorities and wrestling with the dilemmas that face this nation.  Throughout the conference, thematic sessions regarding social, spatial and environmental justice highlight the imperatives placed on placemaking done responsibly.   

According to the conference organizers, the hope is that through an exploration of what it means to be Black and work in the field of Design in the past as well as today, to expand the definition of design beyond architecture, landscape architecture and planning. Among the numerous other industries that engage and make meaningful contributions to design we are most interested in exploring contributions from film, music, visual arts, publishing, fashion and technology, in addition to the disciplines already explored by the GSD.  

Please see more information about registration, sponsorship opportunities, and the conference schedule here: http://blackindesign.squarespace.com.
Vaughn Horn, member, co-author

Harvard GSD AASU Black in Design Conference

Join us for Harvard’s first

Black in Design Conference

October 9-10, 2015
Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), Gund Hall

Organized by the GSD – African American Student Union

Register before 9/15

Join us for a two day discussion of race, space and design in the Black community!

The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design field and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. We believe that initial steps towards addressing social injustice within design are to include the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy, and to implicate designers as having a role in our broken built environment.

Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference has been organized to broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe. We hope that this conference will serve to more deeply ingrain compassion for human beings into the ethos of design more broadly, as well as to instill a sense of responsibility within those who pass through the doors of the GSD.

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