Emergent
Grounds for
Design
Education


a cogenerated catalogue of ongoing student and alumni practitioners organizing for antiracist, anticolonial, feminist education in the built environment design professions.


︎︎︎Theory of Change
︎︎︎Debts of Omission
︎︎︎Research and Survey



“Our very presence is a disruption.” 

— bell hooks, ‘Choosing the Margin as a Space for Radical Openness’

Images (clockwise from upper left): Trans liberation leader Marsha P. Johnson flyers in solidarity with gay students, NYU, 1970, in front of Bobst Library construction site; Philip Johnson, Bobst Library’s architect and noted White supremacist, at the building’s opening in 1973; Combahee River Collective co-founder Demita Fraizer at a rally in Boston, 1979; community design and planning practice at the Architects’ Renewal Committee in Harlem (ARCH), 1970; organizers of the 2015 Harvard GSD African American Student Union (AASU) Black in Design Conference, 2015

Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE) is a collective of interdisciplinary and intergenerational makers and thinkers facilitating the process of cultural reconciliation in the United States through design education and practice.

The demands for feminist, anti-colonial, and anti-racist pedagogy of built environment design schools across the globe indicate an emergent confrontation between the White supremacist settler colonial  status quo and those who seek a more just future. Students, alumni, faculty, and administrators have called academic institutions to acknowledgment and action. Yet disciplinary and geographic silos which prevent us from seeing ourselves within a larger, historically rooted movement for design justice. A successful collective response must take a decentralized, networked approach to achieve shared values and aims. 

Design education can be a space where the theory and practice, history and the future, and generations of ideas meet. This cogenerated catalogue of ongoing student and alumni organizing for antiracist, anticolonial, feminist education in the built environment design professions allows us to visualize our friends in long-ago times and distant places, to see how our ideas build on each other. We will start by cataloguing demands. We look forward to indexing the intentional changes from their respective institutions.



Emergent
Grounds for
Design
Education


a cogenerated catalogue of ongoing student and alumni practitioners organizing for antiracist, anticolonial, feminist education in the built environment design professions.


︎︎︎Theory of Change
︎︎︎Debts of Omission
︎︎︎Research and Survey