Design Justice Workshops emphasize the social reciprocity of learning through which faculty and students advance understandings of race and social justice with research and design. Workshops are structured to address meta-issues in global urbanism that challenge narrow conceptions of design practice. They reflect on the imperative to develop plans and paradigms for equal access to the built environment, social space, and eco-structures for communities historically left out of conventional aims and practices of architectural design. They pursue lines of inquiry such as how built systems intersect with social and virtual networks to benefit or constrain social empowerment, access to public housing, healthcare, education, food systems, culture, and infrastructure.
Design Justice Workshops include site visits to experience the conditions we study; meetings with local experts, designers, and authorities, and a residential field trip. The residential field trip is a vital and novel aspect of these seminars: students and faculty will have an opportunity to interact with community members and spaces and otherwise learn directly from the cultural and material expressions of the urban theme under study.
Travel support and a research stipend in the form of a Mellon Fellowship are available to enrolled students.