AIA New York urges architects to ‘stop designing harmful spaces of incarceration’

October 6, 2020

The American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter (AIANY) is urging architects to stop designing unjust, cruel, or harmful spaces of incarceration in the United States. Photo © BigStockPhoto.com[1]
The American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter (AIANY) is urging architects to stop designing unjust, cruel, or harmful spaces of incarceration in the United States.
Photo © BigStockPhoto.com

The American Institute of Architects’ New York chapter[2] (AIANY) is calling on architects to no longer “design unjust, cruel, or harmful spaces of incarceration within the current United States justice system, such as prisons, jails, detention centers, and police stations.”

“We instead urge our members to shift their efforts towards supporting the creation of new systems, processes, and typologies based on prison reform, alternatives to imprisonment, and restorative justice,” said a newly released statement by the AIANY board of directors.

Until more comprehensive policy changes are made on a national scale, good design alone is not enough to remove or overcome the racism inherent within the criminal justice system, the statement said. “It is time we listen to Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities that have long suffered due to unjust societal norms and outcomes.”

“We must all take actionable steps to address the racism sustained by our criminal justice system,” the statement said.

As part of this policy, AIANY will embark on several initiatives:

“Over the coming months and years, AIANY and its members have a great deal of work ahead of us,” the statement said. “We embrace this challenge knowing that effective advocacy can change policies and attitudes within our society.”

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Opener-4.jpg
  2. New York chapter: https://www.aiany.org/

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