ADD YOUR VOICE TO THE PLATFORM! tell us WHAT DESIGN JUSTICE MEANS TO YOU?
The Social Justice issue Design should address is gentrification. This issue directly / disproportionately impacts marginalized communities - people of color, people living in poverty. Design reveals this issue In the Built Environment through predatory development practices (condos, condos, condos), historic preservation ordinances that value wealthy, white, privileged history over the significance of place for communities of color. Lack of protections for people to keep their homes and businesses in areas undergoing gentrification. For This Issue Design Justice Means Design means both redesigning policy and redesigning how we perceive the built environment's value, the value of design.
The Social Justice issue Design should address is enabling our young people...to better interact and participate with the built environment. Too often they are excluded from many spaces as well as the decision making tables. this issue directly/disproportionately impacts Young people + marginalized groups. design reveals this issue in the built environment because too much of our design work focuses on supporting capitalism and profit driven endeavors so unless you have capital your are excluded from this process. This means our public and semi public spaces are not welcoming to many groups. For this issue Design Justice means, First, we have to give back to our communities beyond just paid commissions. Second, we need to take a lead on challenging our clients to be mindful of how projects impact our communities holistically. Third, we have to take a proactive approach in championing designing for social justice and including all constituents in our communities.
The Social Justice issue design should address is transportation access and mobility. this issue directly/disproportionately impacts Black and Brown communities, low-income communities, immigrant communities and people with disabilities. design reveals this issue in the built environment by being an output of systems of oppression and institutional racism. Changing processes and inputs to address just communities, including the voices of the people most impacted by injustices, yield built environments that are by the people and for the people. For this issue Design Justice means inclusive processes that interrogate and then dismantle our current systems, processes and assumptions to arrive to processes, visions and built realities.