2015 Lewis Mumford Awards Now Open!
Each year, ADPSR recognizes and honors individuals and organizations that further our mission of Peace, Sustainable Development, and the Environment. The 2015 Lewis Mumford Awards will be presented at our Awards Ceremony in September, 2015, organized in partnership with the Seattle Design Festival.
Nominations for the 2015 Awards are open. This is your chance to reward those deserving recognition for outstanding achievement in any or all of these three categories.
Please fill out our nomination form to nominate worthy individuals or organizations. Please provide a separate form for each nominee. If you have any questions, please contact mumford (at) adpsr.org. Nominations must be received by July 24, 2015.
Saturday May 2 Jane's Walk: Upper West Side Urban Renewal: Blight or Right in the Sight of Jane?
Every year during the first weekend in May, people all over the world participate in Jane's Walks to get to know their neighborhoods and celebrate the life and work of urbanist/activist Jane Jacobs.
This year, ADPSR's New Village Press hosted a walk in Manhattan's Upper West Side to explore the area's history of urban renewal, particularly in relationship to low and moderate income housing, mixed-use development, and neighborhood vitality. With over 40 participants, many of whom contributed their own stories and experiences along the way, the walk was a huge success! In the weeks that followed, New Village Press continued the conversation digitally with photos, videos, and walker responses. To join the conversation, head to WhatWeSee.org!
Media Responds to Ethics Campaign
February 16, 2015 — Michael Kimmelman, chief architecture critic of the New York Times covers AIA's rejection of ADPSR's proposal to amend the AIA Code of Ethics in his article, "Prison Architecture and the Question of Ethics."
Other Recent Media Response
- Hyperallergic: “When Architecture Causes Suffering” by Laura C. Mallonee, 2/9/2015.
- ArchDaily "Architecture & Human Rights: AIA Rejects Controversial Ethics Amendment" by Holly Giermann, 1/29/2015.
- Architectural Record, “AIA Rejects Ethics Amendment” by Zachary Edelson, 1/20/2015.
AIA says No to Human Rights
December 11, 2014 — AIA has rejected ADPSR's proposal to amend their Code of Ethics to prohibit the design of spaces intended for human rights violations, including execution and prolonged solitary confinement. We are deeply saddened and shocked that a professional association that claims to maintain the highest standards of ethics would permit members to participate in torture and killing. Read AIA's letter (with ADPSR's annotations) here. An un-annotated version is available here. ADPSR President Raphael Sperry's Op-Ed in response can be found here. ADPSR's media alert and response can be found here.
New Village Press cohosts Building Together symposium on participatory design at Pratt Institute
November 21-22, Brooklyn NY — Michael Pyatok, Roberta Feldman, Yvette Shiffman, Roberta Washington, David Burney and others listen to ROLAND ANGLIN, PhD, Director, Cornwall Center, Rutgers, moderating discussion on the importance of Building Together from Domestic and International Perspectives with panelists: Michael Cohen, Director of International Programs, The New School Mathias Heyden, Chair for Urban Design and Architecture, TU Berlin Rahul Srivastrava / Matias Echanove, Mumbai, India, URBZ-user generated cities Kenneth Reardon, Director of the Graduate Program in City & Regional Planning, University of Memphis
UC Berkeley Exhibition
ADPSR is proud to have curated the exhibition "Sentenced: Architecture and Human Rights" shown at UC Berkeley Oct. 14 to Nov 21th, 2014. The exhibit, which is available for travel, highlights problematic and little-known spaces within United States prisons and detention centers that house activities deemed to violate human rights: execution chambers, supermax prisons, and juvenile isolation cells. It includes rarely available documentation including architectural plans of execution chambers, drawings from people held in solitary isolation, and photographs of the interiors of juvenile detention centers. Read more about it on our blog.
ADPSR 2014 Lewis Mumford Award Winners
Architects/ Designers/ Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) is pleased to honor its 21st annual Lewis Mumford Award recipients:
Peace: Ethan Zuckerman & the MIT Center for Civic Media, for their innovative work through creating global communications
Environment: Slow Money, Maine, as representative of Slow Money, National, for changing how money and investing work in a sustainable world
Development: Ken Smith & Youth Build Boston, as a representative of Youth Build National, for rebuilding community and self-respect
more at adpsr.org/home/mumford_awards
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2. We support the principle of non-violent actions for social change.
3. We support the use of public space for political expressions and dialogues.
4. We stand in solidarity with communities and activist organizations around the world seeking democracy and economic, environmental and social justice.
5. We call architects, designers, landscape architects, and planners to support open, democratic civic engagement through individual and collective actions.