June 22, 2020 / Member News

MAPP+D Racial Justice Resources

UMD’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation has created a resource list of news articles, how-to guides, podcasts, videos, action steps, and more on topics related to anti-racism in general and how race and racism intersect with the built environment.

Resource/Reading Lists

A Call To Explore: Design, Race, and the Built Environment curated by the Harvard Graduate School of Education (books and other media)

Articles and Blog posts

Out of Crisis, An Opportunity Princeton’s Monica Ponce de Leon: To overcome injustice in architecture,

licensure should be “eliminated or radically transformed”Dubbed a ‘lawless state’ by some,

the CHAZ or CHOP, Seattle’s newest neighborhood, tries to create its own narrative

An anti-racist reading list for urbanists and real estate professionals (medium)

Safe streets are not safe for black lives (Citylab)Central Park: Black Bodies Green Spaces,

White Minds (medium)Beverly Hills, Buckhead,

SoHo: The New Sites of Urban Unrest (NYT)

America’s Cities were Designed to Oppress (CityLab)

Defining the Just City beyond Black and White (Urban Planning for the American City)

Changing the Subject: Race in the Public Space (ArtForum)

Spacializing Blackness: How can race inform art and architecture? (CNN)

Carceral Architectures (e-flux)

Transportation Planners and Advocates: What Legacy will You Leave for Racial Justice? (Streetblog Chicago)

Read up on the links between racism and the built environment (NYT)


VIDEO: The future of race in America: Michelle Alexander at TEDxColumbus (YouTube)The Masacre of Tulsa’s Black Wall Street


Black Joy in Public Space (Soundcloud)Welcome to the Neighborhood70 Million


The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race (note: written by a UMD alum and available as an e-book to faculty/staff/students)

Black Lives and Spatial Matters


Design for the Just City

HipHop Architecture

Design Justice Principles

Design Justice Principles- Mini ManifestoUntokening Black Spaces Manifesto

Academic Articles

A systematic review of literature on contested heritage by Yang Liu , Karine Dupre & Xin Jin

Twitter Threads with additional resources

Twitter thread on confederate monuments#DesignAsProtest project

Professional Associations/Actions

List of Black-owned design studiosArchitects, Designers,

and Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR)

ADPSR Prison Design BoycottPlanners Network

Syllabi and other teaching resources

#Blacklivesmatter PGI Micro-Sylabus

The planner’s beginning guide to the Black Lives Matter Movement

Resources on teaching structural racism and police violenceRace and Space from UCL Bartlett School (PDF)

Insitutional Racism: A syllabus

Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to EquityRace, Place, and Environmental Justice After Hurricane Katrina: Struggles to Reclaim,

Rebuild, and Revitalize New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.Just Transportation: Dismantling Race and Class Barriers to Mobility

Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class, and Environmental Quality

This is a regularly updated list of resources for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of MAPP+D, upcoming events, and useful articles on anti-racism and race and the built environment.

Have something you would like to share? Please e-mail it to mapp-communicate@umd.edu

List courtesy of MAPP+D