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Resources for Learning and Teaching about Race and the Built Environment

by SAH News | Jun 10, 2020

This list is under development and will continue to be updated. Please email Helena Dean with suggested additions.

Syllabi, Reading Lists and Teaching Resources

Space/Race Reading List https://docs.google.com/document/d/1p2GvScemyghCaQVkA3fDTsjqtprk7CPOryZv5-YUTkk/edit

Resources for reading and viewing on race and architecture, compiled by Mario Gooden, with Mabel O. Wilson and the Architectural League staff
https://archleague.org/the-architectural-leagues-statement-on-racial-justice/

Aggregate Collaborative Black Lives Matter project
http://we-aggregate.org/project/black-lives-matter

Race, Space and Architecture: Towards an Open-Access Curriculum http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/100993/3/Race_space_and_architecture.pdf

Talking about Race, by the National Museum of African American History & Culture https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

Reading Towards Abolition: A Reading List on Policing, Rebellion, and the Criminalization of Blackness
https://www.radicalhistoryreview.org/abusablepast/reading-towards-abolition-a-reading-list-on-policing-rebellion-and-the-criminalization-of-blackness/

Smarthistory’s Oppression and resistance
the long history of African-American struggle — through art and artifacts https://smarthistory.org/overview/courses-and-syllabi/oppression-and-resistance/

Institutionalized Racism: A Syllabus  
https://daily.jstor.org/institutionalized-racism-a-syllabus/

Find resources that support discussions of difficult topics in this curated Collection: Teaching about Race, Place, and Social Justice. Free membership for educators, scholars, parents, and the public.
https://education.nationalhumanitiescenter.org/

SAH Archipedia Teaching Resources - Mississippi Civil Rights Sites lesson plans
https://sah-archipedia.org/content/Teachers

SAH Archipedia Thematic Essay – Black Travelers On and Off the Road by Jennifer Reut
https://sah-archipedia.org/essays/TH-01-ART-006

SAH Archipedia Thematic Essay – Slave Houses and Plantation Landscapes by Jobie Hill
https://sah-archipedia.org/essays/TH-01-ART001

SAH Archipedia building entries associated with the Civil Rights Movement
https://sah-archipedia.org/search?search_api_views_fulltext=civil+rights

SAHARA image archive for research and teaching https://www.sah.org/publications-and-research/sahara

SAHARA contains over 2,500 images associated with the Civil Rights Movement (some highlights here: https://www.sah.org/about-sah/news/sah-news/news-detail/2020/06/08/sahara-highlights-civil-rights)


Books

Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present, Edited by Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, Mabel O. Wilson. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020.

Building Character: The Racial Politics of Modern Architectural Style by Charles L. Davis II. University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019.

What Can and Can't Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South by Dell Upton. Yale University Press, 2015.

Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America by Dianne Harris. University of Minnesota Press, 2012.

Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums by Mabel O. Wilson. University of California Press, 2012.

Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature by William A. Gleason. NYU Press, 2011.


Book Reviews

Review: Landscapes of Exclusion: State Parks and Jim Crow in the American South, by William E. O'Brien, and What Can and Can't Be Said: Race, Uplift, and Monument Building in the Contemporary South, by Dell Upton
Review by Mabel O. Wilson
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2019) 78 (1): 112–115.

Review: Sites Unseen: Architecture, Race, and American Literature by William A. Gleason; Little White Houses: How the Postwar Home Constructed Race in America by Dianne Harris; Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums by Mabel O. Wilson
Review by Charles Davis
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2014) 73 (3): 419–421.


Articles

‘I Was Fed Up’: How #BlackInTheIvory Got Started, and What Its Founders Want to See Next
The Chronicle of Higher Education (June 9, 2020)

Books on Race and Racism are Dominating Bestseller Lists and ‘How to Be an Antiracist’ by Ibram X. Kendi is Near the Top
Culture Type (June 9, 2020)

Black women create #BlackInTheIvory and #PublishingPaidMe to reveal inequity in academia and publishing
NBC News (June 8, 2020)

Opinion: In Education and Practice, Architecture Fails to Hear Black Voices 
Architectural Record (June 5, 2020)

Racial Evidence
Irene Cheng; Charles L. Davis, II; Mabel O. Wilson
Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians (2017) 76 (4): 440–442.

Confederate Monuments and Civic Values in the Wake of Charlottesville
Dell Upton
SAH Blog (September 13, 2017)

Race, Space, and Trayvon Martin 
Dianne Harris
SAH Blog (July 25, 2013)

Videos

Who We Are: A Chronicle Of Racism in America with Jeffrey Robinson

Other Resources

Culturally-specific museums created by people of color in the United State
https://www.museumhue.com/hue-museums

Black-owned bookstores in the United States
https://aalbc.com/bookstores/list.php




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