Design Justice Book Club


April

Hip-Hop Architecture, by Sekou Cooke

As architecture grapples with its own racist legacy, Hip-Hop Architecture outlines a powerful new manifesto-the voice of the underrepresented, marginalized, and voiceless within the discipline. Exploring the production of spaces, buildings, and urban environments that embody the creative energies in hip-hop, it is a newly expanding design philosophy which sees architecture as a distinct part of hip-hop’s cultural expression, and which uses hip-hop as a lens through which to provoke new architectural ideas.

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Book Club Discussion: Hip-Hop Architecture

Wednesday, April 6
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Free, In-Person Event at the AD EX

Join the AD EX, bcWORKSHOP, and DFW NOMA for a discussion of the first selection in the Design Justice Book Club: Hip-Hop Architecture by Sekou Cooke.

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July

What Can A Body Do?, by Sara Hendren

Named a Best Book of the Year by NPR and LitHub

A fascinating and provocative new way of looking at the things we use and the spaces we inhabit, and a call to imagine a better-designed world for us all. Furniture and tools, kitchens and campuses and city streets—nearly everything human beings make and use is assistive technology, meant to bridge the gap between body and world. Yet unless, or until, a misfit between our own body and the world is acute enough to be understood as disability, we may never stop to consider—or reconsider—the hidden assumptions on which our everyday environment is built.

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Book Club Discussion: What Can A Body Do?

Wednesday, July 27
5:00 – 6:30 PM
Free, Virtual Event

Join the AD EX, bcWORKSHOP, DFW NOMA, and the author, Sara Hendren, for a (virtual) discussion of the second selection in the Design Justice Book Club: What Can A Body Do?

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DISCUSSION GUIDE: WHAT CAN A BODY DO?

On Wednesday, July 22, 2022 the AD EX, bcWORKSHOP, and DFW NOMA hosted a book discussion with author Sara Hendren. The questions and prompts provided were developed for that discussion and can be used for your own book club.

If you are planning a discussion of your own, or have any questions or comments to add, please share! Email info@dallasadex.org.

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SEPTEMBER

THE ACCOMMODATION, BY JIM SCHUTZE

The powerful, long-repressed classic of Dallas history that examines the violent and suppressed history of race and racism in the city. Written by longtime Dallas political journalist Jim Schutze, formerly of the Dallas Times Herald and Dallas Observer, and currently columnist at D MagazineThe Accommodation follows the story of Dallas from slavery through the Civil Rights Movement, and the city’s desegregation efforts in the 1950s and ‘60s.

Pick up your copy of The Accommodation at the AD EX, thanks to our partnership with Big D Reads, copies of the book will be available for free beginning in September for as long as supplies last. Or, you can also purchase your own copy using the link below.

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BOOK CLUB DISCUSSION: THE ACCOMMODATION

Join the AD EX, bcWORKSHOP, and DFW NOMA for a discussion of the September selection of the Design Justice Book Club: The Accommodation. This event will be in-person with the author, Jim Schutze.

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BIG D READS '22

Big D Reads ’22 is a community-wide reading program modeled on the widely acclaimed community book club created in 2013. As in years past, Big D Reads partners will distribute a single title and facilitate roundtables and panels, produce community events, and hold public gatherings. We will donate books to schools, book clubs, libraries, hospitals, corporate DREI divisions, young professional and leadership organizations, nonprofits, and at other locations throughout the city.

Our Big D Reads ’22 selection, The Accommodation, by Jim Schutze, tells the mid-century history of Dallas, centered on the civic response to the bombing of Black citizens’ homes, and the ongoing housing crisis that traces its roots to the Civil War and Jim Crow.

Join us for a city-wide read! Big D Reads is a volunteer-led community initiative presented by Amazon in partnership with Communities Foundation of Texas, D Magazine Partners, nonprofit publisher Deep Vellum, and 50+ other community partners and sponsors.

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December

Barrio America, by A.K. Sandoval Strausz

The compelling history of how Latino immigrants revitalized the nation’s cities after decades of disinvestment and white flight

Thirty years ago, most people were ready to give up on American cities. We are commonly told that it was a “creative class” of young professionals who revived a moribund urban America in the 1990s and 2000s. But this stunning reversal owes much more to another, far less visible group: Latino and Latina newcomers.

Award-winning historian A. K. Sandoval-Strausz reveals this history by focusing on two barrios: Chicago’s Little Village and Dallas’s Oak Cliff. These neighborhoods lost residents and jobs for decades before Latin American immigration turned them around beginning in the 1970s. As Sandoval-Strausz shows, Latinos made cities dynamic, stable, and safe by purchasing homes, opening businesses, and reviving street life. Barrio America uses vivid oral histories and detailed statistics to show how the great Latino migrations transformed America for the better.

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