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    Design and Urban Ecologies (MS)

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    Using literature review, participatory mapping, digital cartography, and illustration, our project proposes generative rubrics for analyzing and synthesizing Black reparations campaigns as they change shape from the national level to more localized settings. In 2019, Evanston, Illinois, committed a budget to pursue reparations through city-based programming. Since then, Black residents have shown both extreme support and nuanced rejection of the municipal process—all under Black leadership. Cities, as the new site for reparations, must contend with political pluralism within the harmed community(ies) while deconstructing lasting spatial contracts of unequal access and agency. By developing and critiquing the term “spatial contract,” our research and design folio analyzes the spatiality of racial social contracts (e.g., redlining) as they relate to new local reparations efforts. Community voices reveal the complexity of localized Black citizens, whose desires pull both from decades of deferred justice felt in the body and consciousness, and the immediate, everyday lived experience of the Black resident in their neighborhood. These findings are designed into an online atlas, which compiles interviews, policy and program analysis, and cartography spanning from Evanston, Illinois, to the historic advocacy for the national reparations bill, HR40.
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