Design as Protest

National Organization of Minority Architects

This daylong workshop hosted by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), in partnership with the online journalism outfit Next City, was organized to “connect activists, community organizers, architects, designers, and artists, with the intention of exploring the potential for design to expressly serve as an instigator of change through place based creative intervention.” This cross-disciplinary group, which included many professional architects attending the annual NOMA conference, worked in teams to design a set of public-space interventions that could be used as tools for communities in search of new ways to “speak truth to power.” Importantly, this convening was framed against a clear and honest understanding of history—both the accomplishments of the modern civil rights movement and the “oppressive consequences” of historical design decisions that have asymmetrically burdened minority groups. To learn more about the event, check out the linked agenda and photos.

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Organizations Referenced

National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), Blights Out, Next City. 

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