How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality—And What We Can Do About It – Next City

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How Urban Design Perpetuates Racial Inequality—And What We Can Do About It

Fast Company
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This piece, woven together by design writer Diana Budds, highlights the voices of eight contemporary urban designers speaking to the issue of racial (in)equality and the built environment. She opens the article by contextualizing the conversation within our contemporary “era of social protest, when movements like Black Lives Matter are bringing inequality back into the national conversation, it’s time to reassess the practices that have perpetuated these problems—and how we fix them.” Spend a few minutes reading these 3,000 words to hear from a number of smart minds from around the country thinking about how to design, and re-design, cities with both equity and equality in mind.

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Organizations Referenced

Gehl Institute, Partnership for Architecture and Urbanism, Place Lab at the University of Chicago, School of Architecture Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, SPUR, University of Toronto

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