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Reading About Race and Architecture

As part of Docomomo DC's commitment to ending racial injustice, we are listening to Black voices in architecture, and attempting to learn the lessons these voices have been sharing. Architecture and preservation—including what gets built, where it is built, what is preserved or demolished, and by whom—can be active and passive tools in perpetuating cycles of inequality, and we are doing our best to understand, recognize, and work towards eliminating these imbalances. To that end, we present several titles we'll be reading and reviewing over the coming weeks. Please support Black voices, find your own copies, and follow along. RACE AND ARCHITECTURE: Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical Hi

Elyn Zimmerman’s Marabar Sculpture at National Geographic Earns Possible Reprieve from HPRB

At its May 28 meeting, the DC Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) voted to reopen its review of the National Geographic Society’s planned new entry plaza at its headquarters in Washington, DC. The Board had previously granted concept approval for the project, which includes the removal of a site-specific sculpture, MARABAR, by artist Elyn Zimmerman. The planned removal of the sculpture, which was installed in 1984, received nationwide press, and the Cultural Landscape Foundation and others urged the HPRB to reopen its review of the project. HPRB received dozens of letters urging the Board to reconsider its approval, including one from NYU professor Joseph Low, who stated, “Marabar is o

Docomomo DC Statement on Racial Injustice

As the nation experiences justifiable outrage following the recent murder of George Floyd, Docomomo DC recognizes and is inspired by the National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA), who calls upon members of the architectural profession “to condemn racism and take an active role in eliminating the racial biases that account for a myriad of social, economic, and health disparities, and most importantly, result in the loss of human lives – Black lives.” We recognize the problem that is systemic racism, and Docomomo DC affirms its responsibility and commitment to eliminating racial inequity and injustice. In all of the organization’s work, we pledge to embrace NOMA’s call to action: BRA

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