June Jordan: Pleasures of Perspectives | WDA Conference 2022
A conference organized by Womxn in Design and Architecture
Thursday, February 24 & Friday, February 25, 2022
June Jordan’s visionary practice reimagines the role of the built environment in creating just futures. Deeply committed to human rights and political activism, she used language to design a model for pedagogy and activism centered on ecology, care, and justice. While Jordan’s literary contributions reflect her work as a poet, author, teacher, and activist, what does it mean to call June Jordan an architect?
Architecture is a form of storytelling. Using words as a medium, Jordan proposed designs ranging from the townhouse-scale interventions in her book, His Own Where, to the urban-scale, collaborative vision of Skyrise for Harlem. In 1970, she was awarded the Rome Fellowship Prize in Environmental Design. At all scales, Jordan’s work invites us to challenge and redefine prevailing socio-spatial constructs towards dignified spaces for all communities.
The sixth Womxn in Design and Architecture conference at the Princeton School of Architecture honors the life and work of June Jordan, Jamaican-American activist and feminist. Her expansive practice and inventive pedagogy continues to illuminate the intersectional influences of race, gender, sexuality, and ecology on the built environment. Building on the recent scholarship of Jordan’s visual and literary imagination, the conference asks: how does the work of June Jordan pave the way for the future of architectural practice and pedagogy?
Organized by Womxn in Design and Architecture (WDA), a graduate student group formed in 2014 at Princeton University School of Architecture, this annual conference celebrates the work and legacy of a pivotal architect or designer with contributions from international historians and scholars, in addition to artists, curators, and practitioners. Read more about the conference series here.
WDA conferences are made possible by the Jean Labatut Memorial Lectures in Architecture and Urban Planning Fund at Princeton University.
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