Race & Space Conversations

Race & Space Conversations: I

Washington, DC

How do we create a spatial practice for a more equitable and just society? In this Race & Space Conversation, moderator and transdisciplinary designer April De Simone, principal at Trahan Architects, will speak with panelists including historian and author Linda Tarrant-Reid of New Rochelle, N.Y.; Partners for Environmental Justice board member Amin Davis of Raleigh, N.C.; and urbanist and kin-keeper Angela Kyle of Pensacola, FL, to engage with this question and explore case studies of three sites featured in Landslide 2021: Race and Space. Landscape architects Walter Hood, creative director of Hood Design Studio and professor of landscape architecture & environmental planning and urban design at U.C. Berkeley, and Kofi Boone, Joseph D. Moore Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at North Carolina State University, will join the conversation to investigate how our surroundings construct and convey identity and culture and the systems that uplift or erase that constructed experience.

For generations, our cultural landscapes have served as the setting for the origins, arrival, movement, and settlement of people in this country and the brutal consequences of the baseless assertion that one race is more entitled to space than others. Now, we find ourselves in a pivotal moment of reckoning with spatial inequities and reimagining our built and natural environment. This inaugural conversation will dig deep into three sites featured in TCLF’s Landslide 2021: Race and Space program to explore topics – or throughlines – that include spatial nostalgia, erasure, and the need to amplify community voices in the design process and redefine the concept of “integrity” in historic preservation work.

This thought-provoking, wide-ranging conversation moderated by Ms. De Simone will be held virtually. Please check back soon for more details.

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