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With Liz Ogbu (Urbanist & Spatial Justice Activist).
Thu, Feb 02, 2023 @ 05:00 PM   FREE   California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St
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Apocalypse comes from the ancient Greek word that meant "revelation" or "unveiling." In recent years, from the pandemic to the racial justice uprising, we are experiencing a stark clarity of the state of our current reality. Now, despite attempts to return to normal, we continue to see evidence of ongoing harm, unprocessed individual & collective grief, & the need to focus on repair & healing. As designers, these concepts can feel unwieldy & disconnected from what we do. But as the ones who shape the environments in which we all live in, design/ers have too often been complicit in the harm. This talk & conversation will explore what it means to wrestle with that & discuss what it could mean to negotiate issues of race & space in service of repair & healing.


A designer, urbanist, & spatial justice activist, Liz is a global expert on engaging & transforming unjust urban environments. From designing shelters for immigrant day laborers in the U.S. to a water & health social enterprise for low-income Kenyans, Liz has a long history of working with communities in need to leverage the power of design to catalyze community healing & foster environments that support people's capacity to thrive. She is Founder & Principal of Studio O, a multidisciplinary design consultancy that works at the intersection of racial & spatial justice. In addition to her practice, Liz has held academic appointments at several institutions including at UC Berkeley, Stanford's, & the University of Virginia. She also previously served as the Australian Institute of Architect's Droga Architect-in-Residence, investigating urban marginalized populations & community development practices in the country.

Liz has written for & been profiled in publications such as The New York Times, Bloomberg (formerly The Atlantic) CityLab, & the Journal of Urban Design. Her projects have been featured in museum exhibitions & received numerous design awards globally. Her honors include Global Fellow, TEDWomen Speaker, Aspen Ideas Scholar, LISC Rubinger Fellow, & one of Public Interest Design's Top 100. She earned architecture degrees from Wellesley College & Harvard University.
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