UnDesign the Redline – The Virtual Exhibit
Systemic challenges today, like inequalities in housing, education, income, criminal justice, and health are far from separate issues. These challenges are rooted in a deep and entangled history of policies, practices, and processes that remain unrevealed and misunderstood. As new forces begin to transform cities and towns, decisions about interconnected challenges are therefore often made ‘in the dark.’
Gone unanswered are fundamental questions about our communities: how did we get here, and what does that mean for where we are going?
Undesign the Redline explores these reframed opportunities from a shared value perspective, and grounds discussions about race, wealth, opportunity, and power in an honest context that is not about guilt and blame. This allows everyone to contribute their value to the design and development of projects, partnerships, and decisions that seek to transform communities and move beyond the challenging and often clouded situation of our entangled past.
With the proliferation of digital formats, we notice the potential for collective experiences to be lost amongst the screens. By bringing ‘High-touch’ interactive physical spaces to relevant locations we create more tangible educational opportunities. Instead of an individual experience, groups co-create a shared experience and engage in interactive collective visioning spaces with the community-at-large. These spaces not only pull apart the tangled web of our systemic crisis but also offer an engaging lens to explore and interact with historic and entangled challenges.
- Create visually stimulating spaces for visitors to develop a deeper understanding of content surrounding the history of Redlining and its residual effects on neighborhood development.
- Demonstrate the connections between the many problems we face and visualize how these symptoms can be traced back to deeper root causes.
- Discuss ideas for alternative approaches and frameworks to address some of the most pressing issues impacting our communities and connect visitors to actionable opportunities.