Design Justice: Colloquial Design For a Just City
October 26 | 9:00 | Tower Theatre
Design Justice advocates for the dismantling of privilege and power structures that use architecture and planning to create systems of injustice throughout the built environment. This presentation speaks to the organizing, advocacy, and design work tied to racial, social, and cultural equity.
MASHUP : Music and Art from the Fringe
October 26 | 5:00 | 120 minutes | The Dogwood Cocktail Cabin
Take in the vibes while being moved by visions of art from a Portland tribe of emerging Artisans pushing the boundaries and redefining the world from their perspective.
Design As Protest
October 27 | 8:30 | 90 Minutes | Deschutes Brewery Tap Room
To protest is to have an unyielding faith in the potential for a just society. It is an act of individual and collective hope, in the face of all evidence to the contrary. The act of protest, requires not only an awareness of true inequality, but a compulsion to speak out against it in its many forms. It is a roadblock to injustice and ultimately an affirmation of its alternatives. Design speaks to these alternatives and attempts to visually and physically represent our collective aspirations for the future. The Design As Protest (DAP) workshop is a Design Justice gathering to bring community members, artist, activists, and designers together in pursuit of a design intervention with the explicit intention of addressing the systemic issues of injustice throughout the built environment. This is an action, using the language of design, to protest the systems, policies, procedures, and people that perpetuate injustice in our world.
Bryan Lee is a Designer and Design Justice Advocate. He is the founder/Director of Colloqate Design, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. Lee most recently served as the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and prior to that at the 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans.
And, Bryan is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action. Additionally, he has led two award winning architecture + design programs for high school students through the Arts Council (local) and the National Organization of Minority Architects (national), respectively. He serves on several boards; most notably as the Design Education Chair National NOMA board and on the National AIA Equity + the Future of Architecture Committee. He was selected as the 2014 NOMA member of the year, 2015 Next City Vanguard Fellow, 2015 International British American Project Fellow. In 2016, Bryan was selected to give a TED Talk and to Keynote at SXSW Eco on Design Justice.