Why Black In Design Matters
Black in Design is shifting the paradigm by reframing the annals of not just architectural and design history, but of American history itself.
When was the last time you attended a conference, alone, but by the end of the evening, you and the person sitting next to you had fast become best friends, even deciding to form a collective to collaborate on community-based initiatives? This is only one of many dynamic interactions that ensued at the Black in Design Conference, held at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and organized by the school’s African American Student Union (AASU). Black in Design delivered a rare opportunity to connect—one that we designers need to cultivate, particularly when the minority becomes the majority. The energy was electrifying.
Harvard’s Black in Design conference is shifting the paradigm of Black design by reframing pedagogical practices, building interdisciplinary collaborations, and contributing new thought and scholarship to the history and development of architecture and design, while offering distinct elements of “soulfulness and spiritual connectedness.” For many attendees, it was their first time attending a design conference with primarily black and brown designers, providing a safe space that is unapologetically black to generate new ideas and build diverse voices within the design community.
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