SAVE THE DATE! Join us in Houston on April 25, 2020, for Spaces & Places 2020.


1:30-5:00 PM Workshop

5:00-7:00 PM Reception

Emancipation Park Cultural Center

3018 Emancipation Avenue

Houston, TX 77004




A grassroots network of urban planners, policymakers, and designers formed in 2016 to amplify work on the issues affecting communities of color that are too often not fully recognized or addressed by professional urban planning and design communities. That effort, with the support of a committee of volunteers, the APA Housing and Community Development Division, WXY Studio, NextCity, and others, has resulted in a series of ‘unconference’ convenings held in conjunction with the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference each year.


The first gathering in New York City in 2017, Spaces & Places of Protest: The Cost of Social Injustice in Communities of Color, featured a discussion on diversity in the urbanism fields, models for self-determination in planning and designing with communities of color, and a collaborative networking workshop to discuss the role of protest and change in America’s cities and regions. The Spaces & Places 2018: Community-Led Initiatives: Equity, Inclusion, Crisis—held in New Orleans—brought local and national leaders together to celebrate, catalyze and amplify initiatives led by and with communities of color across planning, design, and activism. Spaces & Places 2019: People. Power. Justice in Oakland brought local and national leaders together to celebrate, catalyze and amplify initiatives led by and with communities of color across planning, design, and activism. Each Spaces & Place event was offered for free and attracted over 100 attendees from the host cities as well as from across the United States and Canada.


We are seeking partners, collaborators, and financial and in-kind sponsors to help make Spaces & Places 2020 a success, and a platform for change for communities. From the challenges of housing and gentrification to the opportunity for new economic models, creativity, and innovation, our goal is to provide a space that is both grounded and forward-thinking. We hope that you will join us.  


Please contact the organizing committee for details about sponsorship and partnership opportunities at You can learn more about the initiative in our Op-Ed in NextCity, “Spaces and Places of Our Own Making” and stay up-to-date on our work by joining our Facebook Group.



Next City


In-Kind Supporters

APA Housing and Community Development Division




Spaces & Places 2020 Organizing Committee


Germane Barnes, University of Miami

Nicole H. Bennett, AICP, WSP USA

Antoine Bryant, Moody Nolan & Houston Planning Commission

Aldea Douglas, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Amina Hassen, WXY Studio & BlackSpace

Natasha Hicks, Harvard University Kennedy School Innovation Lab

Ifeoma Ebo, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice & BlackSpace

Sonja Ewing, AICP, Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation

Amanda Miller, Hoffmann Architects

Justin G. Moore, AICP, NYC Public Design Commission & BlackSpace

Lynn M. Ross, AICP, Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC

Donald Taylor-Patterson, U3 Advisors

Shannon Teasley, SRT Management



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@2019 by Spaces & Places Organizing Committee