Metropolis magazine picks ADPSR as Activism and Design highlight of 2013!
In a ringing endorsement of ADPSR's efforts to raise awareness of -- and help end -- the human rights abuses of executions and prolonged solitary confinement, Metropolis magazine listed ADPSR in the 2013 Year in Review of "the most important buildings, products, or events of 2013 that have ramifications for the future."
Critic Mark Lamster writes: "Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Responsibility are doing incredibly important work on the ethical implications of building solitary confinement cells and prisons. America has to address this issue... because it doesn’t work and it’s morally indefensible." Thank you, Metropolis - we couldn't agree more!
ADPSR Ethics campaign at California legislative hearing!
A special California legislative hearing on solitary confinement heard "Many major national non-governmental organizations are now involved in the challenge to solitary confinement ... an effort is underway to amend the American Institute of Architects’ Code of Ethics to prohibit the design of facilities intended for prolonged solitary confinement.”
read more on the ADPSR blog.
DesignCorps Endorses ADPSR Petition, CBC Radio covers story
Design Corps is a non-profit organization that works to create positive change in communities by providing architecture and planning services, and a leader in the Public Interest Design movement. DesignCorps leader Bryan Bell is a Loeb Fellow and Latrobe Prize winner. "We believe that full protection of human rights is necessary for positive change to occur in communities and for equitable decision-making to be possible" he writes. Read the full letter here.
Growing support also includes over 1,000 signatures on ADPSR’s online petition, and recent national news coverage from the CBC.
ADPSR Announces 2013 Mumford Award Winners
Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is pleased to announce the winners of its 20th annual Lewis Mumford Awards:
Peace: The International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, New York
Environment: The Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., Boston
Development: The Center for Urban Pedagogy, New York
more at adpsr.org/home/mumford_awards
ADPSR Campaign featured in Design Podcast
ADPSR's campaign to ban the design of execution chambers and spaces intended for solitary confinement got a boost May 28 when the popular design podcast 99% Invisible dedicated their show to covering the story. The podcast features interviews with ADPSR President Raphael Sperry, psychologist Terry Kupers, and Pelican Bay prisoner Robert Luca. The episode was co-produced with legal podcast Life of the Law. Together these podcasts have an audience of over 13,000 fans. Check it out!
ADPSR Petition Endorsed by AIA San Francisco
The AIA San Francisco chapter has endorsed ADPSR's petition urging AIA (National) to amend their Code of Ethics to ban the design of execution chambers and supermax prisons -- buildings that violate human rights. See their latest newsletter for the details.
ADPSR launches AIA Ethics Reform Petition
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is asking the American Institute of Architects to amend its Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct to prohibit the design of spaces for torture and killing. In the United States, this comprises the design of execution chambers and super-maximum security prisons (“supermax”), which inflict torture through long-term solitary isolation. As people of conscience and as a profession dedicated to improving the built environment for all people, we cannot participate in the design of spaces that violate human life and dignity. Participating in the development of buildings designed for torture and killing is fundamentally incompatible with professional practice that respects standards of decency and human rights. AIA has the opportunity to lead our profession in upholding human rights.
Sign the Petition (link to left).
Read more here
The Housing Question: ADPSR participates in a Roundtable Debate on Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream
New York's Museum of Modern Art is currently hosting an exhibition exploring new architectural possibilities for cities and suburbs in the aftermath of the recent foreclosure crisis, http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/1230.
They asked 5 teams to envision new housing and transportation infrastructures that could catalyze urban transformation, The exhibit drew quick criticism, and there is a continuing debate with exhibit co-organizer Rheinhold Martin, ADPSR President Amit Price Patel, former President Raphael Sperry, IDEO fellow Liz Ogbu, and Professor Tom Angotti.
Read the fascinating and important discussion about the state and future of public housing: http://places.designobserver.com/feature/foreclosed-exhibition-roundtable/34578/
ADPSR Volunteers work with local organizations on Prison repurposing project
Debbie Reyes, California Prison Moratorium Project, 559-367-6020
Frank Fontes, California Prison Moratorium Project, 559-593-2436
On June 2 in Chowchilla, CA, twenty ADPSR architects and activists joined the California Prison Moratorium Project to imagine a new purpose to the Valley State Prison for Women (VSPW). The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation has proposed converting the facillity to a men's prison, which is widely opposed in the local community. ADPSR was invited to conduct a charrette with the objective of finding new uses for this facility that would benefit the local economy and environment.
There were morning presentations by local activists about the conditions of both the prison and the local community. Like much of the Central Valley, Chowchilla faces a number of challenges: extremely poor air quality, including particulates from diesel trucks and pesticides from agricultural spraying; groundwater tainted with a variety of contaminants, including arsenic; economic stress from high unemployment; and a variety of social stresses including high dropout rates, domestic violence, and poor quality health and health care. Former ADPSR President Raphael Sperry also gave a presentation on how similar facilities has been converted around the world.
In the afternoon groups strategized alternative uses. Options discussed included:
Several options were developed by breakout groups. More information about the charrette is available at http://openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/chowchilla.
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BEYOND RESILIENCE: Actions
Cataclysmic events are making urban neighborhoods vulnerable to displacement and exposing the inadequacies of traditional planning.
Hurricane Sandy laid bare the ongoing crises in low-income communities: unemployment, foreclosures, homelessness, and service cutbacks. Historic patterns of racial discrimination isolated the most vulnerable while wealthier, better-connected residents had the privilege of mobility. Traditional planning policies have facilitated segregated affordable housing and promoted carbon-intensive growth and waterfront development without regard to long-term consequences. Local and federal responses failed poor communities in the wake of the storm and many community-based organizations and activist networks mobilized to fill the gaps. This organizing continues and often strives to go beyond meeting immediate needs for relief towards planning and building a more just collective future. The situations revealed in New York have corollaries in cities across the US and the world.
Questions arise: how can activists, academics, and professionals promote alternative, more sustainable, and just ways of preserving and developing the metropolis? What lessons have been learned? What role can progressive planners play?
We invite your proposals for community-based workshops, discussions, speakers, and plenaries. Preferred topics include: socially just disaster preparedness and response; environmental justice; cross-sector alliances and organizing; meaningful and equitable employment; climate change; racial, class, and gender justice in planning and zoning policies; waterfront planning; housing justice including affordable housing and quality public housing; gentrification and displacement; redefining/reexamining urban security; transportation justice; water security; and food security.
Please be as specific as possible about who will participate in your proposed session, panel, or workshop and what you expect to accomplish. Limit your submission to 250 words and attach as a separate word document. Include “2013 Conference” in the subject line of the e-mail and send to: PN2013@plannersnetwork.org
Toward a Just Metropolis
ADPSR in partnership with Planners Network, The Association for Community Design, and the Center for the Living City produced Toward a Just Metropolis, a 2010 conference dedicated to a just future for all human settlements.
More than 450 planners, architects, designers, urban activists, educators, journalists, policymakers, academics, students, and concerned citizens from diverse backgrounds across North America attended. All shared a passion for social, economic, and environmental justice, and were committed to exchanging their experiences and visions for robust civic engagement, innovative planning, and inclusive community building.
The four-day event was held at various sites throught the SF Bay Area and hosted by the Department of City and Regional Planning and the College of Environmental Design (CED) at the University of California, Berkeley.