The Nelson Mandela Foundation along with African Centre for Cities and the US Embassy in South Africa are hosting a Nelson Mandela 100 Lecture to be delivered by Prof Toni L. Griffin entitled My Just City is Black and White: Race, Space and Design.
Cities in both South Africa and the United States have long histories of spatial and social injustice, and remain sites of inequality. There continues to be divisions along racial, cultural and socio-economic lines despite shifts in patterns of ownership and changing demographics.
With the new impetus towards land justice in South Africa, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the African Centre for Cities, with the support of the United States State Department, will host a Nelson Mandela 100 lecture to facilitate public discourse on the issues of urban justice, access to the city and overcoming segregation and displacement in cities.
The lecture will be delivered by Toni L. Griffin, Professor in Practice of Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate Centre of Design. Griffin is also the founder of Urban Planning and Design for the American City, based in New York, and until recently was a Professor of Architecture and the founding Director of the J. Max Bond Center on Design for the Just City at the Spitzer School of Architecture at the City College of New York. Part of Professor Griffin’s recent work seeks to define the core values of a just city and offer a performance measurement tool to assist cities and communities with evaluating how design facilitates urban justice in the built environment.
The lecture will allow for an international comparative discussion, with two local respondents who will provide reflections, followed by an open question and answer session.
Professor Edgar Pieterse, DST/NRF Research Chair in Urban Policy, and Director of the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town
Mandisa Dyantyi, Deputy General Secretary of the Social Justice Coalition
DATE: 31 May 2018
VENUE: The Nelson Mandela Foundation, 107 Central Street, Houghton, Johannesburg