Check out highlights from the 2019 Black in Design conference here.
The Black in Design Conference, organized by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union (GSD AASU) recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.
The 2019 Black in Design conference, “Black Futurism: Creating a More Equitable Future” explores pathways to liberation through a design lens, considering the historical past and present structural oppression of black and brown communities locally and internationally. The conference will demonstrate how designers, creatives, organizers, educators, and policymakers are imagining more sustainable and equitable futures for black and brown bodies. The conference will lead discussions and exhibitions on the intersection of black futurism and design, contending with the role of the radical imagination as we tackle complex urban problems of social and economic injustice. We seek to create a learning environment where participants collaborate, grappling with questions of equity and possibility, while also sharing visions for the future of black communities across the world. This environment gives agency to black and brown voices to define what a more sustainable future looks like and how we can collectively realize this vision.
The Black in Design Conference recognizes the contributions of the African diaspora to the design fields and promotes discourse around the agency of the design profession to address and dismantle the institutional barriers faced by our communities.
Building upon the inaugural Black in Design Conference in 2015, which focused on various scales of design, we are framing the upcoming Conference across the forms of design, to unearth our agency as designers to envision more radical and equitable futures.
Early bird tickets go on sale August 1, 2017.
October 6-8, 2017
Harvard University Graduate School of Design
48 Quincy Street | Cambridge, MA 02138 www.blackindesign.org
The Black in Design Conference, organized by the African American Student Union (AASU) at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), seeks to simultaneously recognize the contributions of African Descendants to the design fields and to broaden our definition of what it means to be a designer. We believe that initial steps towards addressing social injustice through design are to reclaim the histories of underrepresented groups in design pedagogy and to implicate designers as having a role in repairing our broken built environment.
Dedicated to the pursuit of just and equitable spaces across all scales, this conference will broach conversations in increasing orders of magnitude: the building, the neighborhood, the city, the region, and the globe. We hope that this conference will serve to ingrain compassion for human beings into the ethos of design more broadly, as well as to serve as a call to action for the GSD to instill within each and every person who passes through its doors the responsibility to build just and equitable spaces at every scale.
On March 4, LSU College of Art and Design will host a satellite exhibition and lecture with Craig Wilkins and Sara Zewede http://design.lsu.edu/calendar/black-in-design-conference-satellite-lectures/
Special thanks to the AASU and Friends, including Laura Snowden, Dana McKinney, Cara Michell, Megan Echols, Broderick Spencer, Katherine Curiel, Lindsay Woodson, Leo Miller, Shani Carter, John McCartin, Tamara Jafar, Verose Smith, Marcus Mello, Sam LaTronica, Warren Hagist, Paul Lillehaugen, Adam Tanaka, and Farhad Mirza for helping to make this installation possible.