Small Center for Collaborative Design
The design of our built environment is the lasting physical result of policies, procedures, and practice with roots in historic inequities. Given the permanence of our work, we must pay particular attention to these relationships and seek design justice whenever possible. The Design Justice Platform is a means to establish a set of ethical, socially and environmentally conscious guidelines for operating as designers of the built environment.
The Design As Protest workshop is a Design Justice gathering to bring a diverse community of creative and ethical actors both within and beyond the design field together in pursuit of design interventions with the explicit intention of addressing the systemic issues of injustice throughout the built environment. Housed under the National Organization of Minority Architects, Design as Protest has grown into a day of action program in 20+ cities across the country. During the workshop, groups collaborate to answer core questions at the intersection of social justice and design through sketches, models, diagrams, and writings. Teams refine the resulting renderings, imagery, and writing to be used both locally and nationally, drawing broad attention to the challenges we collectively face and the potential for just solutions.