The Nexus

The Nexus

The Nexus explores the intersection of design, identity, and practice through conversations with Black designers, writers and educators. Brought to you by the African American Design Nexus, an initiative at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design that seeks to showcase the work of Black designers, explore different geographies of design practice, and inspire design institutions to adopt new approaches toward elevating Black designers.

Episodes

December 18, 2023 57 mins

Title: Season 3, Episode 4: Mpho Matsipa and Antawan Byrd navigate Pan-Africanism and Counter-Cartographies in curatorial and archival practice.

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Season 3, Episode 3: Ama Gisèle and Resolve Collective’s Akil and Seth Scafe-Smith offer a candid exploration that challenges traditional boundaries in art, architecture, and filmmaking, all while pondering the future of design and its impact on inclusive spaces.

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December 4, 2023 56 mins

Title: Season 3, Episode 2: We explore the relationship between art, spirituality, and abstraction with Kennedy Yanko and Camille Bacon, as they reflect on their professional practices in sculpting and writing, and on their explorations of visual perception and Black feminism.

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September 21, 2023 61 mins

Title: Season 3, Episode 1: Nifemi Marcus-Bello and Curry J. Hackett engage in a conversation on designing narratives of place, with particular attention to practice grounded in mobility and empathy 

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July 13, 2022 52 mins

Season 2, Episode 10: Sean Canty expresses the value of looking outside the profession, especially other visual cultures, to create new meanings for our work as architects.

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March 20, 2022 64 mins

Season 2, Episode 9: Lesley Lokko delves into the relationship between fiction writing and Architecture and breaks down the role of the school in preparing future architects.

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January 21, 2022 50 mins

Season 2, Episode 8: We learn from Dana McKinney how her commitment to activism has been integral to her architectural practice and education.

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November 11, 2021 49 mins

Season 2, Episode 7: The Nexus goes live with Black in Design 2021: Black Matter! We reflect on two panels held on October 9th with attendees of the Black in Design conference.

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October 7, 2021 46 mins

Season 2, Episode 6: Sekou Cooke interrogates the notion of Hip-Hop Architecture through a close reading of his latest book, and shares the origins of the Black in Design Conference.

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August 31, 2021 52 mins

Season 2, Episode 5: Dmitri Julius connects the dots between terrestrial, sustainable building practices and new technologies being developed for human habitation in outer space.

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