Inspired by Kofi Boone’s Black Landscapes Matter article featured in the Ground Up published by the Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at UC Berkeley and in response to the underrepresentation of black landscape architects and lack of acknowledgement of the contributions of black people in American landscapes, emerging Black landscape architects Briana Outlaw (MLA‘16) and Corey Dodd (MLA’17) explore black landscape typologies of the 20th and 21st century that help shape the American landscape of today and the future.
Blackscapes critiques the founding foundation of North American Landscape Architecture and recognizes it to be predominantly a white male/euro-centered narrative influenced by the precedents of European landscapes and culture of oppression imposed upon people of color. Blackscapes embodies the landscapes in which Black people live, work, play, worship.Through discussion, reflective literature, and original articles Blackscapes focuses on dismantling barriers within landscape architecture in regards to the role of gender, race, class, and privilege within the practice.
We believe that black landscapes matter and the visibility and celebration of black contributions to Landscape Architecture are of vital importance to the way in which our future spaces are created and experienced.
Blackscapes is a collaborative collection of knowledge and resources that supports and shares dialogue of black contributions and narratives in landscape architecture curated by black creatives and allies.
We share the untold and unknown narratives of black landscapes and cultivate dialogue through a socio-cultural, environmental and equity framework.
Our 3 strategies for the inclusion of Blackscapes in the landscape architecture narrative:
Critique and review of literature and digital media that relates to the subject matter, composition of original articles that analyze present day happenings in and around new and established blackscapes
In depth research on black landscape typologies of the past, present and future
Highlight the accomplishments of current and emerging black landscape architect