MAY 2018 TABLE OF CONTENTS
1968 Architecture, Equity, and Activism: 1968 to NowA half century after the turbulent unrest of 1968, how much progress has the profession made in the march towards equity?
1968 Toward a History: A TimelineThe crowdsourced AIA Diversity Timeline, excerpted from and expanded upon here, celebrates many of the heroes and campaigns for inclusion in the decades since 1968. Click on a year to learn about notable events of that time.
WHITNEY M. YOUNG JR.’S 1968 AIA CONVENTION SPEECH AND REACTIONS
1968 Remembering Whitney M. Young Jr.’s Landmark SpeechAt the 1968 AIA Convention, Young chastised architects for failing to support civil rights. A half century later, black practitioners revisit his text as the benchmark for a continuing struggle.
1968 Philip Freelon on Whitney Young’s Speech“I encourage you to put the ‘reaction’ question to some of the 98 percent of our profession who are not black.”
1968 Sharon Sutton on Whitney Young’s Speech“The field exhibits a continuing investment in serving a moneyed clientele and a continuing lack of attention to the needs of impoverished communities.”
1968 Zena Howard on Whitney Young’s Speech“Oftentimes our ‘escape hatch’ today is to blame others while we continue to design buildings that predominantly serve the elite or our own egos.”
1968 Jennifer Newsom on Whitney Young’s Speech“Architecture is a service profession. We each need to answer the question: What are you working in service of?”
1968 Mabel Wilson on Whitney Young’s Speech“My current research is trying to determine in what ways architects are productive of white racial hegemony.”
1968 Germane Barnes on Whitney Young’s Speech“Similar to the young student mentioned in the speech, I too dealt with an absence of black role models in academia.”
1968 Victor Jones on Whitney Young’s Speech“Young’s message remains hauntingly alive 50 years later as I, and many others, try to not lose our heads over the racial inclusion we still DO NOT SEE in architecture.”
1968 V. Mitch McEwen on Whitney Young’s Speech“It speaks volumes that the magazine that represents the professional wing of U.S. architecture cannot be bothered to commission the words of a black person in America about the state of black architects in America.”
1968 Marcia Young Cantarella on Whitney Young’s Speech“The question is how can you see yourselves solving problems that may not be fully of your creation but may well be created by your clients.”
1968 Yolande Daniels on Whitney Young’s Speech“This is not an issue of righting the past; instead it is an issue of building equitable and just society in the present and for the future. ”
1968 Kathryn Prigmore on Whitney Young’s Speech“Thankfully, architects are making progress toward overcoming ‘our thunderous silence’ and our ‘complete irrelevance.’ ”
WORKERS IN PROGRESS
1968 Workers in ProgressA new generation is propelling the movement toward equity in architecture.
1968 Bryan Lee Jr. and Sue Mobley, Colloqate Design“The goal is to establish a system of memory that explores histories that haven’t been part of the main narrative.”
1968 Liz Ogbu, Studio O“In most of my projects, it’s the wrong problem outlined in the brief. You can only right-fit it by talking to people.”
1968 Julia Murphy, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill“We are talking about cultural change and the pace of that is often quite slow. There are certain conversations that we have to revisit often in order to keep goals in sight.”
1968 Jeffrey Mansfield, MASS Design Group“You might say that through architecture, I began to understand my own deafness in a broader cultural context, and started to see my own identity as a culturally deaf person as a form of cultural resistance.”
1968 Deanna Van Buren and Kyle Rawlins, Designing Justice + Designing Spaces“Their work challenges the racism of mass incarceration head-on.”
1968 Chelina Odbert and Jennifer Toy, Kounkuey Design Initiative“As much as we love design and love its power, design alone is not enough.”
1968 Tiffany Brown, Urban Arts Collective“I want to give everything I have learned to girls who are walking my path. I want to make sure they know it’s up to them to advocate for our communities.”
Equity We Have to Try HarderArchitecture has diversified considerably since Whitney M. Young Jr.’s landmark 1968 civil rights speech, yet much work remains for the profession (and the places it produces) to be truly just and equitable.
Resilient Design Houston’s Post-Harvey ReckoningCan the city engineer a solution to flooding? Or will it be forced to bend to the will of a changing climate?
Beyond Buildings Glittering Prizes for Sober BuildingsIt’s not enough to be pretty any more. Now you have to make a difference to get the top recognition in architecture.
TECH + PRACTICE
Best Practices Tips for Rebranding Your FirmArchitects and brand strategists weigh in on when and how to update your business image.
Innovative Detail A Fractal Forest Inside Agri ChapelIn Japan’s Nagasaki Prefecture, Momoeda Yu Architecture Office creates a 3D grid of structural trees inspired by Gothic architecture.
Next Progressives Silo AR+DThis duo aims to do “Less yackin’, more stackin’!”
Products Seven Lounge Seating Options for Contract InteriorsSit alone or with a group on this array of chairs and modular systems.
Technology Pre- and Post-Occupancy Evaluations Go DigitalArchitects now have an array of customizable, market-ready technologies with which to assess their designs—if they chose to do so.
Five88David Baker Architects
AIA Voices Status Quo, InterruptedMaking a difference starts with being heard.
AIA Now Biking the Brooklyn GreenwayTour this 14-mile stretch of landscaped waterfront paths at A’18.
AIA Knowledge 47 Percent of All Employees at Small Architecture Firms Have an Ownership Stake in Their Firm
AIA Feature Renewing Kingston for the Second TimeHow one Hudson Valley city is weaving together neighborhoods in the aftermath of urban renewal.
AIA Practice What Does Race Have to Do with Architectural Education?Sharon Sutton on why Columbia University’s story should matter to students—and architects—today.
AIA Perspective Accelerating Change: Disruption or Progress?Architecture reaches the Age of Acceleration.
Exhibits Postcolonial UtopianismThe Museum of Modern Art’s new exhibition “Bodys Isek Kingelez: City Dreams” is the first U.S. retrospective of the late Congolese artist’s models for a peaceful city.
Awards The Six Winners of the 2018 AIA/ALA Library Building AwardsWork by Koning Eizenberg Architecture, Oudens Ello Architecture, and MSR Design are among this year’s winning projects.
Awards Aude-Line Dulière Wins 2018 Wheelwright PrizeThe Harvard Graduate School of Design alum plans to study material reuse in film sets.
Books A Big Gift for Little ArchitectsPublished next month, “Baby’s First Eames” features playful illustrations of modern design.
Architectural Research AIA Grants $100,000 to Four Upjohn Research Initiative ProjectsIn its 11th year, the grant program provides funding for applied research “that will advance the design profession’s knowledge and practice.”
Beyond Buildings The Pond as a Deadly Device and Other Architectural TerrorsTheo Deutinger draws the ways we kill, harm, and exclude—with beauty.
Exhibitions Designing Boogie Town“Night Fever. Designing Club Culture 1960–Today” at the Vitra Design Museum examines the lasting influence of nightclub design.
Exhibitions A Rainbow of InventionWith “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color,” the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum investigates the hard and soft science behind how we interact with and perceive color.