Designing Justice + Designing Spaces – Next City

Community Engaged Design in America

Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

National Organization of Minority Architects
Designing Justice + Designing Spaces

In this blog, Deanna Van Buren chronicles her practice as an architect and co-founder of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces, a nonprofit organization seeking to “design places that restore and transform.” Here, you can read about project-based efforts to advance systemic change through design. For example, Van Buren highlights a collaboration with women incarcerated at the San Francisco County Jail and students of the Five Keys Charter School in San Francisco who are also serving jail sentences. As an outspoken advocate for the power of design in the fight for social justice, restorative justice in particular, Van Buren believes that designers must “bridge capacities across disciplines” to “solve social problems and generate new visions for society.”

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Organizations Referenced

Echoing Green, Five Keys Charter School, Loeb Fellowship.

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