Unlearning

This is where we list out the Reading Lists, resources for working on anti-racism, equity, inclusion, etc.

SALA Organizations

For a Feminist Architecture – FaFa

A student-run organization within the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of British Columbia seeking to engage and challenge the mono-cultural attitudes and conversations predominant in design practice and design education.

Website: https://blogs.ubc.ca/fafa

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ubcfafa

Instagram: @forafeministarchitecture

UBC chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students – UBC NOMAS

UBC NOMAS aims to serve as a student collective to advocate for diversity in design education and to create discussions in regards to equity and equality within the educational and professional architectural field through promoting engagement with diverse perspectives, community involvement and fellowship, and professional development of its members.

Website: https://www.ubcnomas.org

Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/ubcnomas/

Instagram: @ubcnomas

Reading Resources

FaFa 2020/21 reading list – Marginalized Design Narratives:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1CBNvDw2Y9KJhTkOfDiIOuVysIiiMIc3xuXyNOPNlU4o/edit?usp=sharing

FaFa 2019/20 reading list – Contested Spaces:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hmvpN_HmEPCOiq8GEcXJE9WhhbH0wL-i/view?usp=sharing

SPACE/RACE reading list:

This reading list was collectively produced by a gorup of architectural historians, art historians, architects, and urbanists in reaction to the August 2017 events in Charlottesville, and revisited in 2020 after the murder of George Floyd. It assembles a series of readings on how race and racism are constructed with spatial means, and on how in turn space can be shaped by racism.

https://bit.ly/spaceraceplace

Racialization of/in/through Landscape:

This list is intended as a starting place for landscape architects and designers who are interested in how they can work toward dismantling white supremacy in landscape practice for Black liberation and Indigenous sovereignty. This resource also links to other reading lists on similar themes.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SW7F_8Ln9_fwKFZCgPcjLaINnsJWPjfOQSpIY1G8X2U/mobilebasic?urp=gmail_link

The Architectural League – Resources on Race and Architecture:

Resources for reading and viewing on race and architecture, compiled by Mario Gooden, with Mabel O. Wilson and the Architectural League staff

Aggregate – Black Lives Matter:

Inspired by the scholars, activists, and everyday citizens who spoke out, marched, and protested against police killings of African-Americans, this collection presents a series of short essays that put Black lives at the center of our thinking about architecture and its history.

http://www.we-aggregate.org/project/black-lives-matter

Sheffield School of Architecture Feminist Library:

The SSoA Feminist Library aims to consolidate the feminist work that has been conducted over the last twenty years in the Sheffield School of Architecture, to make visible the work of students and staff to a wider community, and contribute to its further development.

https://feministssoa.group.shef.ac.uk

Organizations

Colloqate

Established in 2017, Colloqate Design is a multidisciplinary Architecture + Design Justice practice focused on expanding community access to, and building power through the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces. Their mission is to intentionally organize, advocate, and design spaces of racial, social and cultural equity.

Website: https://colloqate.org

Instagram: @colloquate

ADPSR

Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility works for peace. environmental protection, ecological building, social justice, and the development of healthy communities.

Website: https://www.adpsr.org

Black Females in Architecture

Black Females in Architecture (BFA) is a network and enterprise founded to increase the visibility of black and black mixed heritage females within the architectural industry and other built environment fields. In so doing, BFA actively addresses issues of inequality and diversity within the industry.

Instagram: @blackfemarc

Black Architects + Interior Designers Association Canada (BAIDA)

A non profit organization made up of 100 students, planners, interior designers, and architects. BAIDA aims to support diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession of architecture and interior design.

Website: https://www.baida.ca

BlackSpace

This collective brings together planners, architects, artists, and designers as Black urbanists, people who are passionate about the work of public systems and urban infrastructures.

Website: https://www.blackspace.org/

Instagram: @blackspaceorg

Design As Protest

Design as Protest is a coalition of designers mobilizing strategy to dismantle the privilege and power structures that use architecture and design as tools of oppression.

Website: https://www.dapcollective.com

Instagram: @designasprotest

Design Justice Network

The Design Justice Network is an international community of people and organizations who are committed to rethinking design processes so that they center people who are too often marginalized by design.

Website: https://designjustice.org

Instagram: @designjusicenetwork

Common Space Coalition

A newly established non-profit organization whose goal is to combat systematic racism in landscape architectural professional practice. They seek to engage in a professional, positive, and transparent relationship with our professional bodies as an arms-length advocacy group.

Website: https://commonspacecoalition.com

Instagram: @common_space

Female Design Council

FDC is an action-oriented leadership organization dedicated to providing a strong professional community for all womxn irrespective of color, race, gender or sexual identity in the design industry.

Website: http://www.femaledesigncouncil.org/mission

Instagram: @femaledesigncouncil

Learning Resources for Reconciliation

Here we have listed a couple resources brought to us by people in our community of organizations that dedicate themselves to educating others on how to approach reconciliation and decolonization.

Indigenous Canada – University of Alberta MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
This is a free course with 12 modules that, from an Indigenous perspective, “explores key issues facing Indigenous peoples today from a historical and critical perspective highlighting national and local Indigenous-settler relations.”

Reconciliation Education – Official Distributor of 4 Seasons of Reconciliation
This is a paid service (with a free option) that provides training courses for individuals, organizations, or other establishments where 10% of proceeds go towards the First Nations University of Canada. There are also options for free seats. At the start of every month there are 50 spots open available at first come first serve basis.

Gallery 1 — Nahanee Creative Inc. (decolonizeeverything.org)
A Squamish-owned social change agency that provides mini-courses as well as full facilitated workshops for a series of different topics on decolonization. It is a paid service however we maintain it as a valuable unlearning resource.

Stop Race Based Hate – https://stopracebasedhate.ca/

Stop Race Based Hate is an anti-racism resource designed to build a more anti-racist community.

Accounts to Follow

Treaty Lands, Global Stories – @treatylands.globalstories
A student-led initiative at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture

Indigenous Design and Planning Student Association at UM – @um.idpsa
Advocate for Indigenous design principles, representation, Indigenous initiatives and programs at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

AEDE – @equityindesigneducation
A student collective from University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape dedicated to advancing critical dialogues in design.

Student Equity Alliance – @sea.daniels
Joint Equity Alliance between University of Toronto Architecture+Visual studies student union, Graduate Architecture, Landscape and Design student union, and alumni of Daniels Faculty.

Architects Declare Canada – @architectsdeclare_ca
Canadian architects + allied professionals declare planetary health emergency, and commit to urgent action.

ArchiFeminist – @archi.feminist
Exploring architecture from an intersectional feminist perspective.

Remesha Design Unmuted – @remesha_design_unmuted
A podcast that centers marginalized voices in design, art, and all things creative, hosted by Lys Divine Ndemeye.

Architexx – @_architexx
They are a CROSS-GENERATIONAL group of academics and practitioners, and the organization is dedicated to the advancement of all women-identified, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and allied individuals.

MatriArch – @matri_arch_
A feminist collective + campaign group. We strive for a more accessible architecture profession and challenge educational cultures.

Madam Architect – @madamarchitect
An online magazine celebrating the extraordinary women that shape our world, a magazine designed to break the architect’s mold and show young women entering the industry the myriad choices they have in crafting a dynamic, meaningful, and interesting career.

Dark Matter University – @darkmatter_u
An anti-racist design justice school collectively seeking the radical transformation of education & practice toward a just future.

Black Womxn Flourish – @blackwomxnflourish
A design for wellbeing collective shaping the future of Black womxn’s health + healing

Black Students in Design – @blackstudentsindesign
A community for Black students in all areas of design.

So you want to talk about… – @soyouwanttotalkabout
Dissecting progressive politics and social issues in graphic slideshow form

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