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Resistance as Practice: Acts of Anti‑Racism Through Architecture & Planning

Posted by Faculty of Architecture and Planning on October 19, 2020 in General Announcements

We are happy to invite you to the inaugural Robert H. Winters lecture series Resistance as Practice: Acts of Anti-Racism through Architecture and Planning! The event is hosted by the Dalhousie University Faculty of Architecture and Planning's Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, in partnership with the SHIFT: Connect conference. Our opening event will be on Wednesday, October 21st at 7pm, and will be a panel featuring DeRico Symonds, Juanita Peters, and Richard Kroeker. They will focus on "Knowledge Exchange as Practice" and their efforts to mobilize community knowledge for social justice. Find more details on the event and the panelists and register through Eventbrite here.   

The series will extend into the spring of 2021, and feature architects, planners, scholars and activists whose work focuses on anti-racism on scales local to Halifax, in other Canadian contexts, and internationally. Speakers and panelists will include Craig Wilkins, Mindy Fullilove, Frank Palermo, Jennifer Llewelyn, Ingrid Waldron, and more.   

We are organizing this series at a critical moment for architects, planners and other disciplines grappling with difficult histories and professional cultures. This means questioning how designed spaces are embedded with power structures that stratify our society, and how practitioners are implicated in this. Just as importantly, we must acknowledge that this is not a new conversation or area of analysis: racialized communities have developed their own planning and design practices in cities when they have not been heard by the faces of power. This lecture series builds on the ongoing powerful response to racialized violence by presenting the work of practitioners, academics and activists who have pursued these acts of anti-racism as a central focus of their work.   

We hope that you'll join us, and stay tuned for information on events in the rest of the series! ​