Laura Foote became a housing activist in 2014, when she became one of the key founders of the YIMBY movement. As Executive Director of YIMBY Action, Laura has grown the organization into a thriving grassroots political organization of thousands of volunteers. As of 2021, YIMBY Action has over 3000 supporters nationwide and is made up of nearly 20 chapters in cities across the country. Laura is widely recognized as an authority on effective housing activism in the US. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Hamilton College.
YIMBY Action started out as a group advocating for housing in San Francisco, one of the worst cities in the U.S. in terms of housing cost and availability. Since then, they teamed up with people in other growing cities and towns across the U.S. who saw housing become more expensive and scarce in their communities. Now, YIMBY Action has chapters from coast to coast of the US. Through our network, chapters get access to training, tools, and a community of other people passionate about housing. Support YIMBY Action here. Check out their Impact Report here.
Isabella Segalovich is a Philadelphia-based artist, designer, writer, and TikTokker. Her work focuses on anti-authoritarian art history, on topics such as cultural appropriation and erasure, the racism ingrained in modern design, and underappreciated art forms such as folk art, embroidery, and graffiti. Follow her on TikTok and on Instagram @interstellar_isabellar
Tiff Beatty (she/her) is a cultural organizer, arts administrator, performance poet, and host. She is the current program director of arts, culture, and public policy at National Public Housing Museum in Chicago. Tiff Beatty was a 2019-2021 Chicago United for Equity Fellow and Senior Fellow and received the additional distinction of the 2019 Field Leader Award from the Field Foundation of Illinois. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, Crain's Chicago Business, Ebony Magazine, Chicago Tribune and several other local and national media. @tiff_beatty on IG. @thenphm on IG.
Legally Stolen is a 3-episode podcast produced by the National Public Housing Museum and Artist as Instigator Tonika Lewis Johnson as part of her project, ‘Inequity for Sale’, a virtual and physical exploration of homes sold on Land Sale Contracts in the 50s and 60s.
In 2020, the National Public Housing Museum began sharing audio from its archive of oral histories in a podcast called Out of the Archives. Each episode includes a diverse range of stories told by public housing residents. The episodes feature different themes that respond to the NPHM mission to preserve, promote and propel the right of all people to a place where they can live and prosper—a place to call home. Stories make up the backbone of any culture; they tell us where we are from and who we are.
OOTA episode mentioned. OUT OF THE ARCHIVES EPISODE 1— SURVIVING AND THRIVING IN PUBLIC HOUSING: STORIES OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND INNOVATIVE ECONOMIES (Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page)
In this episode, we speak to Michelle Barrett and Chris Daemmrich from de.org/">Emergent Grounds in Design Education (EGDE) , a cogenerated catalogue of ongoing student and alumni practitioners organizing for antiracist, anticolonial, feminist education in the built environment design professions. This group was originally organized in June 2020 as the Alumni Collective in Solidarity/New Grounds for Design Education, and renamed Emergent Grounds in Design Education (EGDE) in August 2020. Their new name reflects the historical truth that demands for justice and equity in design education are not new but deeply rooted, and that their success will come through decentralized, networked organizing that author adrienne maree brown names ‘emergence’. For more info email: firstname.lastname@example.org">email@example.com
Michelle Barrett, a 2019 M.Arch graduate of Tulane University's School of Architecture, is located in Kansas City, Missouri. In her role as a designer at Gould Evans, she contributes to the entire project process from initial programming, research and schematic design all the way through construction documentation and administration. In her role as a design activist, she advocates for equity and justice within the built environment for marginalized communities and within the architectural profession. Michelle co-founded the Tulane Black Arch Alumni Coalition (TBAAC) and co-facilitates Emergent Grounds for Design Education (EGDE). She has served as a National Student Representative on the NOMA National Executive Board, founding president of NOMAS at Kent State University, and current NOMA KC Student Outreach board member and Project Pipeline coordinator.
Chris Daemmrich was born and raised in Austin, Texas, on Tonkawa land. He studied architecture and political science on Chitimacha, Choctaw and Houma land at Tulane University of Louisiana in New Orleans, graduating with an M.Arch and a B.A. in political science in 2017. Chris has worked in a wide range of architectural, development, advocacy, political and research organizations including Wisznia, Colloqate, the American Institute of Architects and the US Census Bureau. He serves on the boards of NOMA Louisiana and the Association for Community Design, is a co-facilitator of the Architecture Lobby’s Racial Justice Working Group and a co-facilitator of Emergent Grounds in Design Education. In his teaching at the Taylor Center for Social Innovation and Design Thinking at Tulane University and through the Collaborative Design Workshop, his design justice research, advocacy and education practice, Chris participates in reparative, queer, feminist space-making. Chris’ work has been featured in Architectural Record, ARCHITECT, Archinect and Curbed.
Nakita Reed, AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C, NOMA, is an Associate at Quinn Evans. Her career has focused on the preservation and revitalization of historic buildings, restoring them to new purpose and economic vitality while also incorporating cutting-edge design strategies for sustainability.
Nakita’s portfolio includes a wide range of architectural accomplishments, from the restoration of abandoned, historic buildings to major new construction and expansion projects. Her clients have included local and federal agencies and private-sector organizations throughout the Mid-Atlantic.
Nakita’s commitment to preservation and sustainable design is reflected in her many professional and community volunteer activities. She serves on a number of non-profit boards and is a gubernatorial appointee and chair of the Maryland Green Building Council in 2019.
Tangible Remnant Podcast. A podcast that explores the interconnectedness of architecture, historic preservation, sustainability, race & gender.
Barry Farms and Hillsdale community is one of Washington, DC’s most historic black communities. Originally founded after emancipation by the Freedmen’s Bureau, the legacy of this community included the development of public housing. Designated as a historic landmark, an advisory committee was formed to integrate the original architecture and preserve residents’ stories. In this episode, Sabiyha Prince (a visual artist, cultural anthropologist and founding director of AnthroDocs) and Sarah Jane Shoenfeld (co-founder of the digital public history project Mapping Segregation in Washington DC) talks about the upcoming documentary and history of this community.
Reverend Christopher Tobias is the Executive Director of Hands Up Outreach Ministry (HUOM), a faith-base organization that is meeting the needs of individuals living in underserved communities. Guided by a servant’s heart, HUOM seeks to empower and strengthen their journey towards an improved quality of life. Hands Up Outreach Ministry has worked extensively with Tyler House through social engagement as well as hosting holiday meals and provide financial literacy programs for the Northwest One neighborhood.
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