Anti-racism Design Resources

This document is intended to uplift Black design communities, serve as a resource for communities in need of pro bono design services, and serve as a resource to non-Black and white people to deepen our anti-racism work within design disciplines. If you haven’t engaged in anti-racism work in the past, start now. Feel free to circulate this document on social media and with your friends, family, and colleagues. (First compiled 6/1/2020; last updated 8/6/2020)

Here is a shorter link to this document: https://bit.ly/anti-racist-design

Please feel free to share this document with other folks who are trying to mobilize. If you would like to suggest additional resources to be added, please let us know at bz@spaceindustri.es. As there are many incredible resources already available, we are looking to amplify specific actions and resources for those in the design disciplines - thanks!

In solidarity with you, SPACE INDUSTRIES x ELL x Design As Protest Collective.

Join us: Design As Protest Collective (www.dapcollective.com)


IMMEDIATE ACTIONS / UPCOMING EVENTS:


Table of Contents:

Black architects, designers, planners, activists' recent responses, reflections, statements

Firms/practices currently offering pro bono services

Firms/practices currently taking actions (e.g. matching donations)

Resources about offering pro bono services

Examples of pro bono services you and/or your firm/practice/collective can offer

Examples of fellowships/internships your firm can offer to Black students

Support Black designers, especially our colleagues, with opportunities like these!

For non-Black and white folks organizing within our firms/practices/collectives

Additional resources to share both internally and in a public statement

List of Black organizers/leadership

List of Black-led firms/practices/collectives

List of architecture/design organizations doing anti-racism work in academic institutions

List of architecture/design organizations doing anti-racism work in the field at large

List of organizations to follow on social media

Past Events


Non-exhaustive list of Black architects, designers, planners, activists’ recent responses, reflections, statements to listen to, share, discuss, internalize, take direction from and act on:

Firms/practices currently offering pro bono services:

Firms/practices currently taking action in solidarity with the movement for Black lives:

Resources about offering pro bono services:

Examples of pro bono services you and/or your firm/practice/collective can offer:

Note: This is a working list of  potential pro bono services that can be offered by architectural workers/design professionals in solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives and in defense of Black Life. Intention is to have language be accessible to folks without design backgrounds (i.e. instead of “design development” etc., break it down to concrete tasks).

Examples of fellowships/internships your firm can offer to Black students THIS SUMMER and beyond:

Support Black designers, especially our colleagues, with opportunities like these!:

For non-Black and white folks organizing within our firms/practices/collectives:

Drawing from the guidance and leadership of Black organizers and communities, advice for white and non-Black people making public statements about racial justice is to be as direct and incisive as we can. This serves to not center our feelings (which we can and should process, but not in ways that unduly burden Black communities), and to make space for Black folks' experiences, narratives, messaging, etc.

A possible framework for your firm’s statement is:

Additional resources to share both internally and/or in a public statement:

Statements

Syllabi

Readings

Watch/Listen

Maps:

Social Media/Miscellaneous:

Design Resources:

General (for non-Black and white folks)

Non-exhaustive list of Black organizations/leadership to listen to and follow:

(VERY) Non-exhaustive list of Black-led firms/practices/collectives to listen to, work with, hire, and follow (please suggest more):

**and licensed Black architects in the Directory of African American Architects

**and Beyond the Built Environment’s Great Diverse Designers Library

**and a larger list of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) owned studios

Non-exhaustive list of architecture/design organizations doing anti-racism work within academic institutions:

Non-exhaustive list of architecture/design organizations doing anti-racism work in the field at large:

Non-exhaustive list of organizations to follow on social media:

Past Events:


Please feel free to share this document with other folks who are trying to mobilize. If you would like to suggest additional resources to be added, please let us know at bz@spaceindustri.es. As there are many incredible resources already available, we are looking to amplify specific actions and resources for those in the design disciplines - thanks!

In solidarity with you, SPACE INDUSTRIES x ELL x Design As Protest Collective.