SPATIAL SHIFTS: Reclaiming Our Cities
The National Organization of Minority Architects is excited to announce the upcoming 48th Annual NOMA Conference, taking place October 14th - 18th, 2020, on-line. Together we will explore ways in which we can break down barriers to creating meaningful projects, remix the role of the designer, and unpack new approaches to the design processes of our built environment.
Each one of us will find our ikusasa (Yoruba for future or progress), to forge our path towards progression. Cities are changing populations and economies in Oakland, Dakar, and beyond. We, as designers, community members, leaders, advocates, and environmental stewards, need to be prepared to shift the narrative on issues of our current structures towards more equitable and safe systems including to persevere through a health crisis. We must fight to provide access for all to quality public spaces and create opportunities to enter and engage in our professions.
There is a gap between design development and who ultimately declares what is built in our community. Reckoning with the past, we need to question who has a right to ownership and who has a voice in the design process to build a better future. In Oakland + everywhere, we will collectively explore and share ways to reshape our communities, to fill those gaps in design justice, and move towards a new renaissance.