DESIGN EQUITY RESOURCES

We have pulled together resources on design justice, design equity, and community-based design. These may be useful starting points for those interested in this area of research or students interested in working with the EHI Lab. *We do not own the rights to these materials.

1.   A Review of Postcolonialism and Development

This timely and thorough book provides an interrogation of the possibilities for interchange between postcolonial studies and development studies. Although the book is not explicit about its geographical dimensions, it is evident from early on that its author is a geographer. …

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2.   A Student's Guide to Environmental Justice

The goal of this guide is to lead students of landscape architecture through a class studio project while viewing the design process through the lens of environmental justice. We want to prepare students for a career that keeps in mind equity and designing for equitable communities. ...

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3.   A Manifesto for Decolonising Design

Much of the academic and professional discourse within the design disciplines over the last century has been bereft of a critical reflection on the politics of design practice and on the politics of the artifacts, systems and practices that designerly activity produces. Our premise is that - notwithstanding important and valued exceptions - design theory, practice, and pedagogy as a whole are not geared towards delivering the kinds of knowledge and understanding that are adequate to addressing longstanding systemic issues of power. …

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4.   Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox For Revolution

Millions around the world have awoken not just to the need to take action to reverse deepening inequality and ecological devastation, but to our own creative power to do so. You have in your hands a distillation of ideas gleaned from those on the front lines of creative activism. …

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5.   Design Justice

Design justice focuses explicitly on how design reproduces and/or challenges the matrix of domination (Patricia Hill Collins): white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, ableism, settler colonialism, and other forms of structural inequality. …

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6.   Allies and Decoloniality: A Review of the Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics and Power Symposium

The Intersectional Perspectives on Design, Politics, and Power Symposium, organized by the Decolonising Design Group and hosted by Malmo University School of Arts and Communication in 2016, explored colonial oppression through overlapping theories and practices in design relating to gender, race, language, culture, and ethnicity. Over two days participants examined intersectionality theory and debated how a myriad of forces might influence calls for epistemic decolonization in design. This conference review highlights some of the allies in resisting cultural oppression in design. …

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