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DESIGN JUSTICE SUMMIT

24 social impact architects, designers, and planners gathered this fall at the AIA Design Justice Summit. Working together, these advocates strove to develop realistic solutions that create innovative, progressive change and achieve design equity in communities of any size.

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The DESIGN JUSTICE PLATFORM (DJP)

The DJP is a living document developed to establish a socially and environmentally just code of ethics for operating as designers of the built environment. Through this platform, we acknowledge our role and responsibility in creating spaces of racial, cultural, and class equity. Through this platform we will organize, advocate, develop, and act to foster on a principled movement for a socially just profession. The DJP collects concerns and hopes for the future given the challenges our profession faces during the new administration and beyond.

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DESIGN AS PROTEST (DAP)

The DAP is the organized action of the DJP in a series of workshops encompassing activism and design, advocating for social justice in the built environment. The base impetus for the workshops is to put into play the difficult conversations that define the injustices of our society. Ideas that are rendered and generated will be put into a public dialogue through new intervention models, such as billlboards, wheatpaste posters, and yard signs, but in addition, the concepts will be added to a visual compendium of ideas for activists, designers, and artists.

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DAY OF ACTION ACROSS AMERICA

Design as Protest is a Nationwide action, on Friday January 20th 2017, connecting activist, community organizers, architects, planners, designers, and artists, with the direct intention of utilizing our skill set to stand up to injustice, discrimination, and hate. Ultimately, we will use design as a means to speak out in support of the disinherited and marginalized communities at risk during the next administration.

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THE DESIGN JUSTICE LEAGUE

The Design Justice League will be a design and equity recreational league. Put together through a series of social justice gatherings designed to bring together community members, artist, activists, and designers in pursuit of justice in the built environment. The League will provide a weekly opportunity for discussion and a framework for people to connect around our collective design challenges.