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Reading About Race and Architecture

June 23, 2020

 

 

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 History from the Enlightenment to the Present
Edited By Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, and Mabel O. Wilson 
University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020 

 

The Black Skyscraper: Architecture and the Perception of Race
Adrienne Brown
Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019

 

Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity
Mario Gooden
Columbia University Press, 2016 

 

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Richard Rothstein

Liveright, 2017

 

The Aesthetics of Equity: Notes on Race, Space, Architecture, and Music

Craig L. Wilkins

University of Minnesota Press, 2017

 

Black Built: History and Architecture in the Black Community

Paul Wellington

Self-published, 2019

 

 

RACE AND ARCHITECTURE IN THE CAPITAL REGION:

 

Black in Place: The Spatial Aesthetics of Race in a Post-Chocolate City
Brandi Thompson Summers 
University of North Carolina Press, 2019 

 

Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital
Chris Myers Asch and George Derek Musgrove 
University of North Carolina Press, 2019  

 

Historic Capital: Preservation, Race, and Real Estate in Washington, D.C.
Cameron Logan

University of Minnesota Press, 2017

 

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