"America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress" by Bryan Lee Jr.
Bryan Lee is the Design Principal of Colloqate and a national Design Justice Advocate. Learn more about Bryan and Colloqate here: https://colloqate.org/people
"A Thick Description of the School of Architecture: A Case For Turning" by Alissa Ujie Diamond
published by Lunch: the student-led publication for the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia
"Anthropocene, Capitalocene, ... Plantationocene?:
A Manifesto for Ecological Justice in an Age of Global Crises"

in journal, Geography Compass
"Black Feminism and Radical Planning" by Fayola Jacobs
from journal, Planning Theory
Black Lives Matter Reading List by Aggregate Architectural History Collective
curated list of essays at the intersection of architecture/architectural history and racial injustice
Black History Resource at the intersection with Race/Space
collection of readings related to race, architectural history, and Black History, PDF's included
"Black Landscapes Matter" by Kofi Boone
GroundUp Journal UC Berkeley
"Black Geographies and the Politics of Place" (Chapter 1) by Katherine McKittrick, Clyde Adrian Woods
Black Geographies is an interdisciplinary collection of essays in black geographic theory. Fourteen authors address specific geographic sites and develop their geopolitical relevance with regards to race, uneven geographies, and resistance.

temporary online access to UVa students: click here
"Contracts of Relation" by Peggy Deamer
published by e-flux journal

Data Feminism by Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein
Illustrating data feminism in action, D'Ignazio and Klein show how challenges to the male/female binary can help challenge other hierarchical (and empirically wrong) classification systems.

"Design Leadership: Now What?" by Jennifer Rittner et. al
on the future of design in higher education
"Ecological Imperialism and the Global Metabolic Rift" by Brett Clark and John Bellamy Foster
from International Journal of Comparative Sociology
End of Policing
free access via VERSO BOOKS
"Evidence and Narrative" by Michael Osman and Daniel Abramson
essay on writing counter narratives and history in architecture published by JSAH
Feminism for the 99% by Cinzia Arruzza
Tithi Bhattacharya
Nancy Fraser

this manifesto makes a simple but powerful case: feminism shouldn’t start—or stop—with the drive to have women represented at the top of their professions...Feminism must be anticapitalist, eco-socialist and antiracist.
"Five Reasons I Won’t Share Washrooms with Cisgender People" by Lucas Crawford
Lucas Crawford discusses cisgender attitudes and practices that deny trans people equal access to public bathrooms, urging us to rethink the goals and priorities of architectural criticism
"Fugitive Libraries" by Shannon Mattern
published by Places Journal: Public libraries may be a democratic commons, but they have often excluded Black voices and perspectives. Communities have responded by creating their own independent, itinerant libraries — spaces for learning together and building futures together.
"Gardens in the Black City: Landscaping 20th-Century African America" by Paul Mullins
Blog post about African American Garden tradition, with lots of great sources at the bottom.
"How Decades of Racist Housing Policy Left Neighborhoods Sweltering" by Brad Plumer and Nadja Popovich
using GIS mapping tools from the Mapping Equity project at the University of Richmond, this NYT article includes interactive mapping of Richmond, VA tracing the history of redlining and connecting it to current environmental conditions in historically black neighborhoods
"I’m a Black Designer in Charlottesville. This Is What It Feels Like to Walk Through My City" by Elgin Cleckley
Reflecting on remaking the spaces that white nationalists bloodied, published by Next City
Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus
compiled by JSTOR
Is This the Beginning of the End of American Racism? by Ibram X. Kendi
Published in The Atlantic: "Donald Trump has revealed the depths of the country’s prejudice—and has inadvertently forced a reckoning." "the america that denied its racism through the Obama years has struggled to deny its racism through the Trump years."
"It’s Time for Architects to Accept Responsibility" by Craig Wilkins
published by Curbed
Just City Essay Collection
collection of essays: 26 visions for Urban Equity, Inclusion, and Opportunity, published by The Just City Lab who asks "Would we design better places if we put the values of equality, inclusion or equity first?"
Land loss has plagued black America since emancipation – is it time to look again at ‘black commons’ and collective ownership?
Julian Agyeman, Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, and Kofi Boone, Professor of Landscape Architecture, College of Design, North Carolina State University
"Listening Through White Ears”: Cross-Racial Dialogues as A Strategy to Address the Racial Effects Of Gentrification" by Emily Drew
Published by Journal of Urban Affairs. A paper that describes the "Restorative Listening Project (RLP) which uses dialogue as a strategy for community formation and antiracist place‐making in Portland's Northeast neighborhoods."
Mapping our Roles in the Social Change Ecosystem by Deepa Iyer
the map and reflection guide that can be used at an individual level to reflect, assess, and plan, as well as at staff and board retreats, team-building meetings, orientations, and strategy sessions.
"Monument Avenue Must be for Everyone" editorial by Melody Barnes
published by the Washington Post, Barnes is co-director of the Democracy Initiative at the University of Virginia, was director of the White House Domestic Policy Council under President Barack Obama.
Monumental Practice: Long Before the Violence in Charlottesville, Mabel O. Wilson Was Exploring the Intersection of Race and History in Public Spaces by VICTORIA L. VALENTINE
"No Design on Stolen Land" by Pierre Belanger & co-authors
in Architecture Design Journal, free access via Wiley
"On This Land, A Cultural Site" by the Settler Colonial Present
part of a series written by the collective Settler Colonial Present published by digital journal e-flux, this piece includes short articles written from different perspectives about CCA's expansion plans on an ancient indigenous cultural site, the schools pedagogy, issues of colonialism in academia, and possibilities for reindigenization
"Peace in Place Project: Building Healing Spaces"
paper co-authored by UVA alumna and recent lecturer Deanna Van Buren
Police: A Field Guide
free access via VERSO BOOKS

“Race and Place in the United States: Towards Repair” by Niya Bates and Louis Nelson
published by PLATFORM: an essay by A-School alumna Niya Bates and Professor Louis Nelson on new approaches to architectural history with address existing gaps in research methodologies to better engage issues of race in the US context

Racial Justice Collection
Free access to books from University of Minnesota Press
"Rethinking history in design education through the history of materials Part 1 + 2" by Jessica Ellen Sewell and Andrew Scott Johnston
published by PLATFORM: A digital forum for conversations about buildings, spaces, and landscapes. Thaisa Way directly addresses and builds on this argument in her "Why History for Designers?" also included in this library

"Safe Streets Are Not Safe for Black Lives"
City Lab
"Stop Wasting our Time" by V. Mitch McEwen
Mitch McEwen is an Associate Professor at the Princeton School of Architecture, this post is part of her larger Blog: Another Architecture
"The Birth of Rental Control" by Jo Guldi
e-flux journal
"The Modern World System as Environmental History" by Jason Moore
in journal Theory and Society
"The Fight to Preserve African-American History" by Casey Cep
"Activists and preservationists are changing the kinds of places that are protected—and what it means to preserve them" published by the New Yorker, includes conversation with Brent Leggs
The New Narrative: Will black history finally get to sit in the front of the bus? By Robert Lewis Brandon Edwards
written by UVA M.ARH alum Robert Lewis Brandon Edwards and published by the New York Beacon, calls for "a more culturally dexterous approach to the race and space narrative and how we preserve the structures and spaces associated with it"
"The Transformation of Silence into Language and Action" and other essays by Audre Lorde
from Your Silence Will Not Protect You
‘There Should Be Greater Transparency’: Public Art Becomes a Political Battle" by Zachary Small
"Turning Grief for a Hidden Past into a Healing Space" by Holland Cotter
Opinion piece on the UVA Memorial to Enslaved Laborers
"Walking While Black" by Garnette Cadogan
on the Realities of Being Black in America
What it Means to be a Social Justice Curator" an interview with Jasmine Wahi
published by Art in America, Wahi was appointed the Bronx Museum’s first Holly Block Social Justice Curator in February 2020
"What Should the Museum Look Like in 2020?" by Kimberly Drew
part of a special issue of Vanity Fair edited by Ta-Nehisi Coates about race in America
"What Would a World Without Prisons Look Like?"
New York Times profile of Deanna Van Buren and her practice Designing Justice/Designing Spaces
"When Confederate Monuments Fall, Action-Based Empathy Can Create Inclusive Public Spaces" By Elgin Cleckley
White Academia: Do Better by Jasmine Roberts
Jasmine Roberts teaches strategic communication at The Ohio State University
"Why History for Designers?" Thaisa Way
for Platform, online journal

"You Want a Confederate Monument? My Body Is a Confederate Monument" by Caroline Randall Williams
essay published by the NYT, challenges perceptions of southern heritage and who can make claims on framing or reframing its history