Housing and the Black Community

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Fall 11-20-2020


architecture, housing, black community, Baye Adofo-Wilson, Rasmia Kirmani-Fyre, Justin Moore, Lanessa L. Owens-Chaplin, Stephanie Pasquale, Sally Santangelo, Bill Simmons






Historically, zoning and building codes have contributed to the concentration of low-income people of color into public housing developments that are physically and financially segregated from the public life of their surrounding neighborhoods. That the legacies of racism continue to structure and inform the built environment of American cities is a gaping wound that can only be healed through urban alchemy—the reparation or reconstruction of the intentional, codified ways in which the urban landscape has been used to promote the subjugation of people based on their race.

Ifeoma Ebo and Nathan Williams will share student work from an experimental design studio centered on design justice and bring together housing experts from New York City and Syracuse to discuss housing and the Black community.

  • Baye Adofo-Wilson
    Real Estate Developer, Lawyer & Urban Planner; CEO, BAW Development LLC
  • Rasmia Kirmani-Frye
    Independent Consultant, Public Housing Transformation
  • Justin Moore
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; Founder of Urban Patch
  • Lanessa L. Owens-Chaplin, Esq.
    Project Counsel, New York Civil Liberties Union - Central New York Chapter
  • Stephanie Pasquale
    Director of Neighborhood Advancement, Allyn Family Foundation
  • Sally Santangelo
    Executive Director, CNY Fair Housing
  • Bill Simmons
    Executive Director, Syracuse Housing Authority

This event is co-produced by the BlackSpace Urbanist Collective, @blackspaceorg.



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