From our friends in the Art Department:
“Architects as Activists, Activists as Architects: Building Equality in the Civil Rights Movement”
School of Architecture and Planning
University of New Mexico
Date: Monday, January 30th
Location: Beardsley 316, Swarthmore College
This talk will consider the crucial role that architecture and planning played in the broader battles for justice and equality that defined the Civil Rights Movement. More than a site in which this social movement unfolded, the built environment also served as a key medium through which activists pursued their vision of a better world. Specifically, the talk will focus on examples from Harlem, New York, where residents experimented ambitiously with design and construction in order to gain control over the future of their community.