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The Role of Design in Racial Equity How the Built Environment Impacts Issues of Race

The Role of Design in Racial Equity: How the Built Environment Impacts Issues of Race

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You might not think it likely, but the design of the built world is closely tied to racial equity. Racism in America is a deeply complex issue that has existed since the country began. To understand how design impacts racial equity, we must first understand how systematic racism has impacted people of color throughout our history. This article The Role of Design in Racial Equity: How the Built Environment Impacts Issues of Race takes a deep dive into the ways that design and racism have closely intermingled over time. We also take a hopeful look into more recent designs that aim to improve social equity rather than detract from it. Although our history shows centuries of oppression that has disadvantaged people of color, the future will not look this way. With helpful resources like the AIA Blueprint, developers and architects alike are actively creating an equitable future for all.


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