Monthly Event

Designing for Equity


Thursday, February 7, 2019

8:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Center / Architecture + Design, 1218 Arch Street


How has architecture changed, if at all, in the approximately 50 years since the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. in 1968? How have the demands for equity and inclusion raised in Whitney M. Young Jr.ʼs landmark address to the AIA convention that year been realized? Join Aaron Levy, a senior lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania and a frequent curator of architecture and design projects, and Eduardo Rega Calvo, an architect, urban designer, and researcher based in New York and lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, for a conversation around these provocative questions and key debates about social equity in architectural theory from 1968 to the present. We will discuss how design often exacerbates racial and socio-economic injustice, engage current design practices for social intervention, and explore challenges facing the next generation of designers and educators, including socio-economic inequality, labor rights, urbanization, migration and climate change.

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Aaron Levy

Aaron Levy is a Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, where he has taught since 2002. He is a frequent curator of architecture and design projects, including, with William Menking and others, "Into the Open: Positioning Practice" (US Pavilion, 2018), "Architecture on Display: On the History of the Venice Biennale of Architecture" and "Four Conversations on the Architecture of Discourse" (Architectural Association, 2010/12), and Lebbeus Woods and Christoph a. Kumpusch's "Tale from the Tectonic Forest" (Slought, 2017). Levy has twice served on the Federal Advisory Committee on International Exhibitions (FACIE) for the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He directs the Social Justice & Arts Integration Initiative as well as the Health Ecologies Lab in the School of Social Policy & Practice at Penn, and is the Executive Director and Senior Curator of Slought, a civic organization that bridges communities through dialogue and creative action.

Eduardo Rega Calvo

Eduardo Rega Calvo is an architect, urban designer and researcher, and
graduate architecture faculty at PennDesign. His research and design
work focuses on architecture's capacity to translate, operate in and
contribute to insurgent social and political movements.