Part One of DVSGA’s Race and Smart Growth series presented by Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez is now available on video.
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Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez’s work examines the racial politics of urban planning and public education through an interdisciplinary quantitative and qualitative approach. Pre-order her book Diverging Spaces for Deviants: The Politics of Atlanta’s Public Housing, due for release in May 2021.
“As long as we’ve had city planning, we’ve had this type of defensive architecture that creates a city within the city. Whether it’s public housing, downtown areas, or privatized public spaces of consumption, we certainly have built cities in a way where some areas are racialized in a positive light and some areas are racialized in a negative light, and that’s certainly reflected in the built environment.” Professor Akira Drake Rodriguez
Akira Drake Rodriguez is an Assistant Professor in the City/Regional Planning Department at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University.
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