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Spatial Shifts: Reclaiming our Cities

Together we will explore ways in which can break down barriers to creating meaningful projects, share ways to 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.

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Cities are changing. Populations and economies in Oakland, Dakar, and beyond. Globally, our cities are changing from population to economies near and far. We, as designers, community members, leaders, and environmental stewards, need to be prepared to champion and shift the issues of our current structures to more equitable systems. We must fight to provide access for all to quality public spaces and create opportunities for the masses 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, we will collectively explore and share ways to reshape our communities, to fill those gaps in design justice, and move towards a new renaissance.


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This is the space to watch as new information will be shared here first. In the coming weeks there will be links to registration, sponsorship and the call for proposals. We’re looking forward to your active participation in this, the 48th iteration of what started off as a handful of black architects and became the most programmatically diverse and inclusive architecture conference on the planet.