Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America

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About the Author

Artist, Adrienne Brown, always loved to look at books with drawings and paintings early on in her childhood. It just amazed me that you could create such a visual with just a pencil edge or stroke of a brush. She carried that with her and studied Graphic Design & Illustration at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS receiving her BFA in 1992. Her favourite medium is watercolor but uses many. She started with a small graphics company C3 and helped design children's meal bags and toys for some clients such as Sonic, Bonanza, and California Pizza Kitchen. She has been a graphic designer and freelance artist for 25 years. Designing for several resort wear lines developed her embroidery & screen-print skills. Inks and thread are incredible and are two divergent beasts she feels. She was commissioned for many paintings and Illustrations. She often donated paintings for charity fund raisers. Through the years of many illustrations and many graphics she still has the inner tingle for illustrating children's books.
Sekou Cooke is an architect, researcher, educator, and curator based in Syracuse, NY. He is Assistant Professor at Syracuse University's School of Architecture where he teaches exploratory design studios and seminars. He holds a B.Arch from Cornell University, an M.Arch from Harvard University, and is licensed to practice architecture in New York and California. Through his research, practice, and other academic endeavors, Sekou hopes to leave an equally lasting impact on ivory towers and underserved communities.
Robin D. G. Kelley is the Gary B. Nash Professor of U.S. History at UCLA.


Whether mapping sites of non-violent protests or grappling with the architectural history of African diaspora communities, "Reconstructions: Blackness in America" looks to continue the essential work of unpacking systemic racism in the built environment. And, in the process, imaging a more just and inclusive path forward.--Evan Pavka "AZURE"
Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,"... explore[s] the ways space and land are apportioned and navigated. Using a combination of analog and digital collage, the [book] depicts dystopian [cities] overtaken by climate change and explores "vanishing urban ephemera and architecture...succumbing to gentrification.--Editors "Surface"
Space, land, the ways each are apportioned and navigated--these are the central concerns of "Reconstructions," which includes multidisciplinary work by 10 Black talents, among them artist Amanda Williams and AD100 landscape architect Walter Hood, as well as photography created by David Hartt in response... "It is architecture that is not specifically about buildings, but about how the architecture of certain spaces is emblematic of anti-Black racism."--Camille Okhio "Architectural Digest"
Posing the thought-provoking question, "How does race structure America's cities?" this [book] focuses on the intersection of architecture, design, and Black space and the history of injustice in the built environment. Exercises in reinvention, re-imagination and liberation, 10 case studies addressing structural and anti-Black racism are on view.--Victoria Valentine "Culture Type"
The Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) is committed to multi-scalar and multi-disciplinary work dedicated to dismantling systemic white supremacy and hegemonic whiteness within art, design, and academia.The BRC provides funding, design, and intellectual support to the ongoing and incomplete project of emancipation for the African Diaspora.-- "PIN-UP"
[Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America] look[s] at contemporary architecture and its role in the systemic racism that has facilitated discrimination and injustice in the U.S. A system that has informed and continues to inform the design of American cities through public policies, municipal planning, and architecture that has specifically impacted the Black community.--Sean Joyner "Archinect"
Heavy hitters of contemporary critical race discourse... An invitation to transform.--Jess Myers "Architect's Newspaper"