Attached is the 2018 AAJ Fall Conference's program book.
Save the date for our 2019 Conference!
CROSSING BORDERS: COMMUNITY-FOCUSED JUSTICE INTERVENTIONS
OCTOBER 22–26, 2019
The US Grant, A Luxury Collection Hotel, San Diego
326 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101 USA
In recent years, the Academy of Architecture for Justice has gathered to discuss architecture and social justice, interdisciplinary practice, and most recently enlightened approaches to mental health and treatment.
In 2019, we will come together in San Diego to have a conversation about communities, and how architecture can be supportive of initiatives that address longstanding social fractures and move us forward, together, as we take on new and increasingly difficult challenges.
Alternatives to detention, innovative courts focused on therapeutic or restorative justice, increased focus on outward facing community services, and community policing are all reshaping the way consider the design and impact of justice facilities.
Law enforcement priorities are too often impacted by a resource limited environment, in which the competing demands of addiction, homelessness, and mental health crises have made policing more varied and challenging than ever.
In San Diego, we will meet in the shadows of prototypical sections of a vast physical barrier, inherently a symbol of division and difference. With the wall as a backdrop, we will also consider the unseen borders that often divide our communities in highly visible ways.
The most notorious social divides in our country: Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis, 9th Avenue in Louisville, Troost Avenue in Kansas City, and 8 Mile Road in Detroit are all examples of how underserved communities struggle as essential resources are diverted, and where a lack of trust in the justice system has become pervasive. In San Diego, more than five million people live together at the border, under very different circumstances. How we, as planners and designers, address these inequalities will have a profound impact on our future, and provide an opportunity for innovation related to social impact that has become an essential component of architectural practice.
Please, come and join us in San Diego, where we will explore opportunities that arise when we choose to consider our borders as what unite, rather than divide us.
Gregory Cook, AIA 2019 AAJ Leadership Group Chair