Spaces & Places 2019: People. Power. Justice. assembled urbanists and community leaders for a day of learning and exchange in Oakland, California. The convening highlighted the work of Oakland-based changemakers in a two-part event.
The WORKSHOP (1:00-4:30 pm) brought together local organizations for a panel presentation and interactive breakout sessions organized around the following topics:
Collective & Cooperative Power
Affordability, Housing & Homelessness
Climate Change, Displacement & Environmental Justice
Black Cultural Districts
The workshop was followed by a celebratory RECEPTION (5:00-7:00pm) where participants networked over light catering and drinks.
ABOUT SPACES & PLACES
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 Gehl Institute, and WXY Studio, 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.
Each event was offered for free and attracted over 100 attendees from the host cities as well as from across the United States and Canada. These events are designed to catalyze change and have resulted in a number of positive outcomes including helping to catalyze the creation of a social justice track of sessions APA’s 2018 National Planning Conference and the formation of BlackSpace, a Black urbanist collective based in New York.
SPACES & PLACES 2019: People. Power. Justice.
To build on this momentum, we will reconvene Spaces & Places in Oakland, California in April 2019 in parallel to the APA’s National Planning Conference in San Francisco. Our hope is to again assemble over 100 urbanists and community leaders for a day of learning and action in close collaboration with local partners. The convening’s goal is to augment our collective efforts, abilities, agency, and action to plan and design with our communities for improved equity and quality for our people and environments.
We are seeking partners, collaborators, and financial and in-kind sponsors to help make Spaces & Places 2019 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Anomli Design + Planning
City of San Francisco, Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development
City of San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency
East Oakland Collective
EastSide Arts Alliance
Enterprise Community Partners
Oakland Climate Action Coalition
Oakland Community Land Trust
People Power Solar Cooperative
TO OUR Sponsors
Mitchell Silver, FAICP
Spaces & Places 2019 Organizing Committee
Germane Barnes, Opa-locka CDC & University of Miami
Nicole H.Bennett, AICP, WSP USA
Akima Brackeen, DB Architects
Antoine Bryant, Moody Nolan & Houston Planning Commission
Aldea Coleman, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Stephen DeBerry, Bronze Venture Fund
Carlton Eley, The Eley Group, LLC
June Grant, SFNOMA
Amina Hassen, WXY Studio & BlackSpace
Ifeoma Ebo, NYC Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice & BlackSpace
Sonja Ewing, AICP, Prince George’s County Parks & Recreation
Justine Johnson, New York City Economic Development Corporation & BlackSpace
Dasjon Jordan, MIT
Amy Leong, Adamson Associates Architects
Amanda Miller, Hoffmann Architects
Justin G. Moore, AICP, NYC Public Design Commission & BlackSpace
Emma Osore, Arts & Business Council of New York & BlackSpace
Prescott Reavis, Anomli Design + Planning
Lynn M. Ross, AICP, Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC
@2019 by Spaces & Places Organizing Committee