In this episode, we talk to designer and organizer Bryan Lee, Jr., continuing our earlier conversation with De Nichols on the #DesignAsProtest collective and delving more deeply into the history of the broader design justice movement. We also talk about unlearning extractive frameworks in the design process, the work of Dark Matter University to restructure pedagogy toward antiracism and liberation, and the gaps in current sustainability discourse around conditions of economic and aesthetic scarcity in Black communities as they relate to environmental scarcity.
About Bryan Lee, Jr.
Bryan Lee, Jr. is the Design Principal at Colloqate in New Orleans, a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. Bryan is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platform and organized the Design As Protest National Day of Action. In addition to his prolific speaking, writing and design work, Bryan has led two award-winning architecture and design programs for high school students through the Arts Council of New Orleans and the National Organization of Minority Architects.
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Developed by the African American Design Nexus at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Nexus is a podcast that explores the intersection of design, identity, and practice through conversations with Black designers, writers and educators. The Nexus is produced in conjunction with a commitment by the Frances Loeb Library to acquire and create an open-access bibliography of various media suggested by the GSD community on the intersection between race and design.
The Nexus Season 1 is hosted by Caleb Negash and Tara Oluwafemi, students in the Master of Architecture program at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Our show is recorded and edited by Maggie Janik, and our theme music is produced by DJ Eway.
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