MDes Critical Conservation Lecture: “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment”

Sarah Schindler, Professor of Law and Glassman Faculty Research Scholar, University of Maine School of Law will speak on “Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment.” Schindler’s talk will address the concept of ‘exclusion by design.’ Her work seeks to raise awareness and foster discussion about the role of architecture/planning in dividing people within and across communities.

Although the law address exclusionary practices such as racial zoning “the exclusionary built environment—the architecture of a place—functions as a form of regulation; it constrains the behavior of those who interact with it, often without their even realizing it.”

Her recent articles are creative and insightful additions to local governments and land use law. They include “Architectural Exclusion,” “Banning Lawns,” “Of Backyard Chickens and Front-yard Gardens: The Conflict Between Local Governments and Locavores,” “Regulating the Underground: Secret Supper Clubs, Pop-Up Restaurants, and the Role of Law” and “Unpermitted Urban Agriculture: Transgressive Actions, Changing Norms, and the Local Food Movement.”

Event sponsored by Critical Conservation, MDes.


Photo credit: John Vachon, photographer, August 1941, Library of Congress; Negro children standing in front of half mile concrete wall, Detroit, Michigan. This wall was built in August 1941, to separate the Negro section from a white housing development going up on the other side.


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