Owner Mike Belleme Photography Swannanoa, North Carolina
As we confront issues of racism, climate, and public health in our work, we must radically expand the voices that inform it. This conversation between a photojournalist, an activist / artist, and a designer will offer divergent but fertile starting points for considering the pre- and post-construction lives of projects.
Learn about ways in which documentary photography may be utilized at early stages of site research to reveal the everyday lives of people and environmental dynamics already in place.
Gain insights about how embedded, on-the-ground perspectives may reveal alternate readings of places and cities, in particular readings that register muted BIPOC histories, cultures, and inequities that are at work.
Discuss ways in which radical outsider and radical insider viewpoints, from unusual collaborative disciplines (photojournalism, activism), might lay groundwork for different kinds of design processes and outcomes.
Learn about inter-related environmental and social/racial issues in cities, in particular how low-income, largely BIPOC communities feel the effects of climate change and corresponding public health issues disproportionately across populations.