assembly

A cross-sector convening of design justice champions

The pursuit of justice is inherently a collective act. In this spirit, the inaugural Just City Assembly @ HarvardGSD in April 2019 brought together believers in and champions of “just outcomes arrived at justly” — people and organizations who are in a unique position to create more just cities. The 41 attendees were asked to bring nothing but a knowledge of their work, a willingness to be unafraid to speak truth, and a desire to push a more visible agenda for disrupting injustice through design, planning and development. Reflecting on their own experiences — from successes to failures — pursuing the goals of a more just city, they developed manifestos, dreamt up utopian visions, and workshopped paths to action. They emerged from the experience with a renewed commitment to the goals of a more just city.