Definitions.

Colloquial + Locate + Collocate: Colloqate

col·lo·qui·al : kəˈlōkwēəl/ adjective (of language) used in ordinary, informal or a familiar conversation; not formal or literary. Conversational. Informal

lo·cate :ˈlōˌkāt,lōˈkāt/ verb 1. discover the exact place or position of. 2. Situate in and of a particular place. 3. place within a particular context

col·lo·cate :ˈkäləˌkāt/ verb 1. (of a word) be habitually juxtaposed with another at a frequency greater than chance. 3.place side by side or in a particular relation.

A familiar [design dialogue] situated in and of particular place. Considering design + justice juxtaposed at a higher frequency than chance.

Mission & Vision.

The language of the built environment tells a complex story of place that can either speak to our values and ideals or reveal persisting inequity and injustice

Colloqate is a multidisciplinary Design Justice practice focused on expanding community access to, and building power through the design of social, civic, and cultural spaces. Our mission is to intentionally organize, advocate, and design spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. 

We believe that to design is to have an unyielding faith in the potential for a just society. It is an act of individual and collective hope requiring, not only, an awareness of true inequity, but a compulsion to speak out against it in its many forms. Design speaks to the potential for equitable spaces and attempts to visually and physically represent our collective aspirations for the future.