This Is What We Will Build When We Get Our Reparations

A community workshop with architect Mitch McEwen, presented as part of "Why Does Black Art Matter Now?"

Using a laptop, projector, printer, pieces of foam, exacto blades, old magazines, glue, paper, and scissors, McEwen will guide participants through a design charrette. The term “charrette” means “cart” in French and goes back to 19th century design schools in Paris, wheeling design work from frantic student teams to be presented at finals. This design exercise will be swift and visionary and local, honing in on sites in Pittsburgh that could be developed with resources of reparations long (over)due to the descendants of enslaved Africans in the USA.

Mitch McEwen’s work has been at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. Her work has garnered awards from the Graham Foundation and the Knight Foundation and been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, ARTNews, and Log. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016 - 6:30pm

Location and Address

City of Asylum at Alphabet City, 40 W. North Avenue