Co-Founder + CEO ThirdSpace Action Lab Cleveland, Ohio
In the wake of recent racial uprisings, uncovering and altering place-based narratives can be restorative or fatal. Designers must be brave in the face of the challenge, embracing the power of narrative to disrupt our perceptions of ourselves and our neighbors, shift power in communities, and reconcile conflicting histories.
Understand how landscapes are territories full of meaning and how the significance of place is held in the narratives which manifest who has/has not held power historically.
Gain insight into how to approach narrative as a tool for engagement and learning about the communities in which you are working.
Build strategies to integrate narrative into design to communicate more clearly and with more nuance, and to more transparently integrate the designer’s voice and point of view into the process.
Develop the skills to enhance racial equity and inclusion by reshaping dominant narratives through design.