As designers, theorists, historians and architects, we must learn to recognize the ways in which oppression is materialized and embedded in the built environment. The systemic racism that haunts our cities turns the buildings we design into symbols of oppression and neighborhoods into landscapes of fear. Previous generations of designers inflicted damage on Black and African American communities in this country through racialized zoning and urban renewal policies, and the design of segregated facilities and inadequate housing.

We must be aware of the ways our inherited methodologies and practices have been implicated in dividing urban spaces so that we can stop perpetuating injustice. We must work with communities with respect, humility, engaged minds, and with the intention to listen first and foremost.

These are not new challenges, and they are difficult ones to overcome, but we must face them together. We are here for you and we stand with you as we design and build a better city and nation.


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220 Fifth Avenue
7th Floor
New York NY 10001
212 229 9211

©2020 Berke Architects D.P.C.