ConCave Lecture by Dr. Craig Wilkins

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 4 p.m. EST

The ConCave Ph.D. Student Organization is excited to welcome Dr. Craig Wilkins, senior lecturer at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning and diversity scholar with the National Center for Institutional Diversity. Dr. Wilkens will present a lecture titled, "Tracing the History of the Social Justice Project in American Architecture." 

About the Lecture

As modern architecture gradually took hold just before and after World War II, its reformist social agenda was largely discarded. The social movements of the 1960s saw students, professionals, and activists responding to moral and social imperatives come together to revive that project. Their efforts gave rise to two significant justice movements in architecture – community design centers and design/build. Today those efforts – along with increasing acceptance of pro bono and social entrepreneurship in the field – have coalesced into what can be described as a new, multi-pronged justice project called public interest architecture. This talk will trace the rise, fall, and rise of these architectural movements and suggest a possible future teleology.

About Dr. Craig Wilkins

A 2017 Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum National Design Award winner and Hip Hop architectural theorist, architect, artist, academic and activist Dr. Craig L. Wilkins’ creative practice specializes in engaging communities in collaborative and participatory design processes. The former director of the Detroit Community Design Center, he is currently creative director of the Wilkins project, a social justice, strategic design alliance that provides architectural, urban design and planning services, public interest design solutions, and expertise in engaged public discourse. Dr. Wilkins is the author of “The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture & Music” (University of Minnesota 2007) as well as “Ruffneck Constructivist” (Dancing Foxes Press/ICA 2014), “Diversity Among Architects: From Margin to Center” (Routledge 2016) and co-editor of “Activist Architecture: A Field Guide to Community-Based Practice” (DCDC Publications 2015).

This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to attend.

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