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.

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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 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.


CONFIRMED participants

  • Anomli Design + Planning

  • BlackSpace

  • 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

  • Next City

  • Oakland Climate Action Coalition

  • Oakland Community Land Trust

  • People Power Solar Cooperative 



TO OUR Sponsors



Muse Community + Design

Next City




WXY Studio



Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC




Enterprise Community Partners


Recast City



Contente Consulting, Inc.

Eric Shaw

Kimberly Driggins

Mitchell Silver, FAICP

MZ Strategies

Plot Strategies

The Raben Group



Next City


In-Kind Supporters

APA Housing and Community Development Division

Gehl Institute




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



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@2019 by Spaces & Places Organizing Committee