Failed Black Lawyer Ted Landsmark fails to address racial discrimination/oppression and abuse of Black Alumni/students (graduates) at the all- white only educational institution called the Boston Architectural College/Center. Over the present and past years The BAC now defined themselves as The BAC Boston Apartheid Center of racism, discrimination and abuse has continued to promote the white only image and vision of architectural student/professionals,achievers and varous building advertisements and huge building posters.

Boycott The BAC!!

The BAC and the AIA continue fail in addressing and promoting diversity/Black/Americans in Architecture over the past 30 years.

“False/over-promoted black people/professionals (tokens) cannot change the face of Architecture”

Joseph Edgecombe, Architectural Scholar/Educator-Professional, Leader

BAC President fails to address oversight issues regarding Black student/alumni(graduates)/professionals Ted Landsmarks oversights led to the hanging/promotion of a racist building poster/banner-advertisement, much due to institutional misconduct and deception/fraudulent that has been going on for many years/recent past – at the segregated Boston Architectural Night-College/ center that continually promotes – a white-only image and vision and architecture and the City of Boston.

The center of racism in Boston: The Boston Architectural Center/night school (college/old boys club)

Joseph Edgecombe BS Business Administration/Management (BAC Oversight Committee Member/Alumni 2000)

Exposure Architecture –“Save The Institute” is about the protest and affairs regarding the demolition/razing of the John D. O’bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University in Boston. The students protest regarding the plans the University had to demolish the Institute/Center rose to the level of various affairs in the media/press. As in the case of various urban/community-neighborhood developments where local concerned residents/activist play a major part in voicing urgent concerns about a proposed project — The same was true for Northeastern Universities Black student population.

END RACISM IN BOSTON:

May 10, 2012

                                                               

Boycott The BAC!!

End the unfair & unethical practices at the Boston Architectural  College/Center (night school) that deprive Black Americans/other minorities of color of the rights for promotion, advancement and fair treatment. 

END RACISM IN BOSTON: Black American issues must be included and resolved not excluded and dismissed by architectural educational institutions. After 20-30 years of struggle for Diversity in Boston – the BAC continues to drive time backwards by displaying an all white-only student/building signage-advertisement which excludes Black Americans and other minorities struggling to be recognized as architectural achievers.

April 27, 2012 Obama to Cracks Down on Deceptive Practices by Colleges That Recruit Veterans “The Chronicle of Higher Education” – But he miss the target his efforts and miss the target and fails to address the needs of Black/African-Americans… who have become victims of corrupt and deceptive institutions such as the Anti-Black Boston Architectural Night/School-College/Center of passive-racism and disrespect.

ENDING RACISM IN BOSTON: Black American issues must be included and resolved not excluded and dismissed by architectural educational institutions

Protest and rally against racist building poster/banner-advertisement, institutional misconduct and deception/fraudulence at the segregated Boston Architectural Night-College/ center that promotes – a white-only image and vision and architecture and the city of Boston.

We need to change the architecture business /professional and industry by not promoting the same white-only images that were prevalent during the 1980’s. The time for critical address and change has come and we cannot let deviant-escapist/racist culture continue to dominate the future of Boston and America.

We need to end racism in Boston by targeting racist institutions that promote hidden subliminal racist advertisement /propaganda and marketing that promotes a white-only image/vision of architecture and the city of Boston. Our passive Mayor Menino is blind to the facts of racism in Boston as well as BAC president Ted Landsmark.

Therefore we the people and leadership of Black Boston must protest against racist activities at problematic, dysfunctional/racist, predominately white-elitist institutions such as The Boston Architectural Night-College/ center of (new form) racism in Boston.

We must be active in emphasizing that hidden and subliminal/covert racism is unacceptable, and covering-up racist – hostile, prejudiced acts of misconduct by staff/faculty and administration will not be tolerated.

We must Change the negative-abusive/racist culture at problematic educational institutions such as the (racist) Boston Architectural Night-School /College and therefore address the failed leadership of racist and prejudiced institutions & organizations around Boston by asking the failed leaders – often token Black Americans such as Ted Landmark to step down, resign and make room for new leadership, new direction and new vision.

Joseph Edgecombe – National Urban Affairs Architect/Scholar, BSBM/BSIB

END RACISM IN BOSTON: Black American issues must be included and resolved not excluded and dismissed by architectural educational institutions after 20-30 years of struggle for diversity.

5/24/12

Boycott the BAC!!
Doing the Wrong Thing: The BAC – Boston Architectural Center (of racism) fails to “do the right thing”! The BAC has failed to promote the image of Black/African-American student-architects and other minorities on huge buil…ding/wall advertisement.Unwelcoming to Black Americans: Since the racial issues/problems and challenges of the all-white is right 1980’s and after over 20-30 years of struggle for progress for diversity and acceptance there is still “No change and No Representation” for the promotion/advertisement of the image of Black Americans at the BAC – Boston Architectural Center (of racism)/night school continues to advance a white-only policy of promotion/advancement & marketing by hanging a huge white-only student advertisement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HbA1YOueC_A

 

The DISHONEST & UNFAIR Boston Architectural  College – Center /Club?

Reforming Dishonesty and Unfairness/Unfair-Unethical Practices at the (so-called) Boston Architectural  College – Center /(Old Boys) Club

Blueprint for Reform Part 1 –

New Standards of Ethics, Responsibility & Accountability 

Resolutions & Recommendations on Justice –

The remodeling, reforming and rebuilding of the Boston Architectural Center / Night  College

By Joseph C. Edgecombe, Educational & Architectural Scholar

8/9/2003

 

A New Revolution for a New Millennium

The Black Architectural Revolution (BAR)-An Emancipation Proclamation/Project

A new foundation for a new millennium

Due to the fact of the prevalence, evidence, racism discrimination, bigotry, negligence, coercion and misinformation in the architectural education and professional fields – steps and actions must be taken to correct inequality and injustices in the profession of Architecture.

8/9/2003

Therefore the following resolutions and recommendations are to be made true.

Resolution 1.0 CRISIS

Recognition of major crisis & racial problems in architectural education and the industry

Young black/Afro-Americans are suffering to consequences of an industry which has not adopted itself to the post-civil rights era environment in society (modern society). They suffer from old and dominant networks of separation and segregation which is a form of apartheid and discriminatory behavior which has always been and still is prevalent and the professional and academic environments of architecture which destroys their financial and academic livelihood. Other institutions could benefit from this type of initiative as well.

Resolution 2.0 CAUSE / FAULT

Recognition & Research of the causes of the faults of the architecture industry

The Boston Architectural Center needs to recommend procedures and policy to put a stop to rampant racism, exploitation and discrimination in the architectural field.

 

Resolution 3.0 PROCEEDURE

The need the take procedures / steps to stop prejudice & prejudiced-racist/biased grading

Adopt policy and procedures for afro-Americans to put a stop to race based derogatory grading and treatment against black/Afro-Americans and falsely based preferential / special treatment and over-grading of white American and (new) foreign students.

Resolution 4.0 REMEDY

The need to make hygienic remedy and take care of neglected issues and students

Return all tuition paid by Black/Afro-American Students who have invested (as consumers) in their education at the BAC, but were unfairly and poorly treated or cheated or coerced out of receiving their degree(s), and or fair treatment/correction and transfer of proper grades.

Resolution 5.0 ACTION

Take actions to investigate and solve possible career damaging actions to the students because of the problems of the staffs lack of student respect

Research, review and correct all records for discriminatory, racist and biased based grades given to Afro-American students and a proper means towards repair their educational and professional careers.

Resolution 6.0 HONOR

Honor all students, who have sacrificed their time and their lives to study architecture for the development of society.

Recommend the advancement, promotion and adjudication of victims of dishonest behavior and degrading propaganda promotion.

Resolution 7.0 CREATE / MISSION

Use creative research to solve academic & institutional problems especially when concerning Afro-American students.

Create a mission statement and project to correct and research all Black/Afro-American student records with a notification that an investigative research is taking place and that the school apologizes if unfair procedures and malpractice has affected their career in a negative manner and caused them financial or educational plight.

Resolution 8.0 GRANT

Grant certificates or documentations of achievement to emphasize accomplishments and professional levels and to avoid neglect of student scholarship

The granting and recommendations of neglected achievements should also take place in the academic form of associates, bachelors, master’s degrees and/or certificates for achievements at all steps, stages and levels of the school – Review  approval (4/5, 6/7 & 8/9) or educational advancements/recognition (or referral).

Resolution 9.0 CHANGE

Create and address change from out-dated old school and antiquated thought processes which have gone out of contemporary fashion

The BAC should also announce a change of fashion in the way they conduct, and display themselves in order to make the architectural environment conducive to the need black Afro-Americans to ensure a productive and expeditious environment exists and better interactivity /communication is created.

Resolution 10.0 ESTABLISH

Establish afro-American councils to assist and specify the adjudication of possible and evident problems.

Establish an office and group/committee on Afro-American affairs to ensure that specific grievances are not white washed into the unreal invisibility of fictional stories of de-facto school address.

Resolution 11.0 MONITOR

Use self-monitoring strategies to eliminate deviant and destructive behavior

Constantly address the failures of the Boston Architectural Center (BAC) in order to improve any negative atmosphere that may exist between the staff/faculty instructors and the students in order to keep the students and the school competitive and active.

Resolution 12.0 SUPPORT

Support the ambition of students and do not oppose or over-impose faculty ideals on the students dreams and ambitions of career development esp. Afro-Americans.

Uphold the values, interest and convictions of the students and their ethnic importance, because without the students there would be no staff, faculty, instructors/professors or center.

Resolution 13.0 REALIZE

Realize the Potential of all students esp. Afro-Americans in architecture/studies try to bring out the best in them instead of prosecuting them for perceived minor faults or overwhelming situations and/or extenuating circumstances. These students are to be the architects of our future in more than one way.

Many Black/African American students are the pioneers from their communities or cities seeking to become not just a degreed architect/practitioner for the professional “status”, but seek to become an architect of the future of their communities and to meet the needs of the city in which they live or the international/developing community in which the communicate and share interactions of concern.

Resolution 14.0 ENSURANCE

Ensure Afro-American Students that their talents will not be put to waste.

Ensure Afro-American Students that they will not be overlooked and become the subject of victimization and their efforts will not be thrown away or eliminated like an unwanted virus or disease Afro- Americans are of the most artistically creative and talented people on this planet earth and the world will lose this talent if jealousy and bigotry take reign and effect the development of our future as civilized society.

 

JOSEPH C. EDGECOMBE

These resolutions and recommendations are addressed to the Boston Architectural Center because of their need to improve the record of mistreatment and unfair procedures against Black/Afro-Americans.

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Blueprint for Reform Part 2 –

Restructuring the academic program as yearly steps towards graduation, Freshman to Senior

& Pre-graduate/Independent Professional (Thesis Project)

The BLUEPRINT for Reforming the BAC- towards the National Standard – College levels of accomplishments – New ranking implementation of Freshman/Foundation, Sophomore, Junior, Senior and/or Pre-Graduate Levels.

Rev. 1/13/2010 (December 2011)

Bringing Educational REFORM, CHANGE and improvement to the problematic educational system/program at Boston Architectural College…

Reforming the BAC by getting the BAC on the right track:

The BAC has very low graduation and retention rates far below National Standards – therefore the school has a high fall-out/drop-out and/or transfer rate because the program/system is poorly designed and is often a waste of a student’s time /bad investment for achieving students who could have gone to another school/college to excel/receive their degree without the problems that are created by the faulty program/staff and problematic leadership at the BAC.

Often the system at the BAC leads student backward instead of forward in the professional workplace.

Therefore, Reforming the BAC by getting the BAC on the right track by demanding /challenging the BAC to follow the U.S. College National Standards of promotion/recognition of student achievement & success toward graduation is in order because students at the BAC are getting the shaft and being cheated and manipulated out of their educational investment by the failed structure/system of the BAC program.

Additionally, the Associate degree is the foundation of academic accomplishment and the BAC is lacking this very important and critical degree – in the steps of students matriculating and becoming successful Architectural Professionals in today’s very busy workplace (without this degree the student does not have any foundation to stand upon in a long program such as the BAC’s or if any issues arise on the path to the Bachelors’ Degree.

The BAC has yet to offer an Associate’s degree for students who have passed the 4/5 level during their program at the BAC, although they have passed the Associates level and are moving toward a Bachelors level, they are still left without holding a Degree or Certificate that they can present in the workplace in which they are employed and are moving ahead,
without this degree the student does not have any foundation to stand upon in a long program such as the BAC has- without the associates degree BAC students are losing ground in the workplace and the problematic/failed program of the BAC works against the success of student/professionals who are therefore often seen as less than associates in the Architectural workplace especially if you are a Black/Minority or African-American.


To the Attention of the President and the Board of Directors of the BAC:

320 Newbury Street, Boston MA 02115 – Regarding Critical needs and improvements to the BAC Program/Education System

By: Joseph C. Edgecombe:                                                            Rev. 1/13/2010

 

The Blueprint for Change & Reform at the Boston Architectural Center

The Associates Degree is the Foundation of Success in the workplace without an associate degree the BAC is depriving Architectural student/professionals true success and independence in the competitive business world or the practice of Architecture and Design.

Proposed Associate Degree Process/Current BAC Programs are amended to Facilitate Freshman/Foundation Year to Sophomore Levels of Accomplishment

&

Proposed Bachelor’s Degree Process/Current BAC Programs are amended to Facilitate Sophomore, Junior and Senior/Pre-graduate Levels of Accomplishment

After completed 47 credits in Segment 1 and 13-15 credits in segment 2 or approx. 60-62 academic credits along with the work curriculum, the student can move on the BAC Bachelor’s Degree process /Program and options for concentration or specialty.

Certificate Awards: 3 Certificates recognizing Academic and Professional Progress which students can bring to their home or workplace of recognition their achievements.

Associates Level Completion: 4/5 Sophomore Level / General Educational/Portfolio Review – Certificate (Sophomore Level)

Proposed AAS Associates of Architectural Studies for the Boston Architectural College

Amendment of Architectural Programming for Associates Degree/3-3.5 year Certificate of academic accomplishment based on the 4 year American college degree standard of recognition in professional business

Proposal by Joseph C. Edgecombe, BAC Alumni – Appeals Graduate 1990

11/1/2008 (11/19/08 updated)

The New Priorities: Fair-minded recognition of accomplishments instead of confusing/denying accomplishments/progress

The Granting Of Certificates and Degrees of Accomplishments

  • 4/5 Certificate
  • 6/7 Certificate
  • Associate of Architecture & Design Degree/Professional Certificate (3 years of professional work/practice and academic progress/accomplishments)
  • 8/9 Pre-graduate Admittance (graduate-prep)/Certificate

Freshman and Sophomore (start/completion) Levels

Certificate Awards: 2 Certificates recognizing Academic and Professional Progress which students can bring to their home or workplace of recognition their achievements.

  • Freshman Level – 2 years of Academic Study, and Preparation for 4/5 Portfolio Review
  • 4/5 Sophomore Level – General Educational/Portfolio Review – Certificate (Sophomore level)
  • 6/7 Work Curriculum/Practice Review- Certificate (Sophomore -to- Junior B. Arch Level)

Architectural Studies Degree, Foundation of Architecture Degree:

  • Interdisciplinary Associates of HTC in Architectural Design Studies
  • Associates of Architectural Design Studies or Media & Technology

 

Proposed Bachelor’s Degree Process/Current BAC Programs are amended to Facilitate Sophomore, Junior and Senior Levels of Accomplishment

Sophomore Completion:  Junior and Senior Levels

Start / Entrance into Bachelor’s Degree Programs

  • PRACTICE: 6/7 Junior Level / Work Curriculum/Practice Review- Certificate (Junior Level)

DESIGN (Architecture):

  • Bachelors of Design Studies/Students – Concentration or Specialty/Major, Partial completion of Work /Practice Study/Program
  • Junior Year: Complete all academic requirements to enter Final BDS year/Senior (Project) year.
  • COMPLETE FINAL/SENIOR  YEAR OF DESIGN STUDIES DEGREE / CONCENTRATION or MAJOR

ARCHITECTURE:

  • Bachelors of Architecture Students, Full Completion of Work /Practice – Study/Program
  • Junior Year: Complete all academic requirements to enter the 8/9 Senior Level / Portfolio Review – Certificate

Enter-Senior Level/Final Academic Year (BDS Degree Option)

  • Design Pre-Grad. Project Final Written or  Design Project Option
  • COMPLETE FINAL/SENIOR ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN STUDIES DEGREE / CONCENTRATION or MAJOR

Advanced Architectural Pre-Graduate / Independent Level (Old Pre-Thesis Level)

Enter: Bachelors of Architecture – Concentration or Specialty/Major

  • Pre-Graduate/Independent Student Program requirements (Pre-Thesis/Old Program)
    • Grad. Project Final Written or  Design Project Option

Enter: Masters of Architecture Program

Diversity and Academic Issue Note & School Structural Administrative Problems: (Late 1980’s-90’s)

The BAC should also give consideration to past dedicated students who did not benefit from receiving an associate’s degree or review certificate (at the midpoint of their attendance) as they advanced in their careers.

Additionally: the BAC will note that students who have in the past times of transitional staff and faculty (Late 1980’s-90’s) and due process who may not have received their Bachelor Degree and attained pre-graduate/graduate status at the 8/9 Level  (8/9 review/approval and course/program completion) or Appeals Committee  approval  and documentation toward graduation from the BAC – Shall be recognized as having the skills, education and experience beyond most Bachelor’s Degree programs at most colleges and therefore be recognized as excelling in the program and by recognized as an equivalency degree Graduate of the BAC – without further a delay. Also with regard to racial issues of graduation and due process the BAC should recognize that there are issues of diversity in the field of Architecture and that person of color or African-American decent should be respected in attempting to resolve issues regarding race and not disrespected, dismissed or disqualified.

Conclusion:

The linkage of Art/Drafting, Design, and Art history can be combined architecturally including Architecture/ Interior Design, Graphics/Photography and portfolio studies and CADD/ Computer aided design etc, This Interdisciplinary approach can equal an Associate’s  Degree or degree’s in the field of Currently there are only a few schools/colleges that offer an Associate’s degree in Architectural studies.

The BAC has yet to offer an Associate’s degree for students who have passed this level during their program at the BAC,  although they have passed the associates level and are moving toward a bachelors level they are still left without  holding a degree  that they can present in the workplace in which they are employed and are moving ahead. In many situations an Associate’s degree in architectural studies may be need to secure their path to a successful future. And since the BAC program is longer than most college 4 year programs it would only make fair sense to equip BAC students with Associates degree in order to give them a secure foundation for their future.

Proposed Curriculum: Interdisciplinary Associates of HTC in Architectural Design Studies:

Total 60-62 Academic credits for completion (54-62).

  • 47 credits in Segment I, 13-15 credits in Segment II, 3-3.5 years, along with the Work Curriculum/Progress

Freshman: Completion of Segment I/ 47 credits

  • Architectural / Design Studios, The academic component of the curriculum encompasses both Liberal Studies and professional education specific to architecture (Design Studio, History and Theory, Technology and Management, Visual Studies, and Thesis). The Design Studio sequence is at the core of the curriculum.
  • In Segment I, students follow the BAC’s design and liberal studies foundation curriculum consisting of design and visual studies, writing and analysis, math and physics, and history and theory of design.
    • In Segment I – Foundation, students acquire basic knowledge, skills, and awareness in both general and professional education.

Sophomore: Partial Completion of Segment II / 13-15 credits

  • In Segment II, students focus on their selected concentration of study. In addition, students continue their education in the liberal arts with studies in social and physical sciences, humanities, and an array of general elective courses of their choice.
    • In Segment II – Integration, students explore — in breadth and depth — the field of architecture. Emphasis is on integrating skills, knowledge, and awareness

At approx. the half-way point through segment 2 the student  completes their Associates level of degree studies, that is after completing the 4/5 Design Studio review and the work curriculum (6/7 Review) and 1-2 (Advanced) C level Design studio’s which  is the completion of 5/6  Design Studios.

  • In the practice component of the curriculum, students work in area firms to earn a total of 54 credits.

The completion of 4/5 Design Studios (along with the 6/7) marks the (Advanced Professional) Associates Degree level of design and the progress of the student. At this point of the progress and review, having completed 47 credits in Segment 1 and 13-15 credits in Segment 2. 

Completion of the Associates Degree / Sophomore to Junior Level for Bachelor’s Degree

The Associates degree can be awarded as a merit of basic accomplishment in the Architectural Profession.

The Associates degree could be completed in (3-3.5 years). This would give the student the proper foundation and the support needed to progress in the workplace and be recognized as an achievement oriented person.

If the student does not have at least an associate’s degree after 4 years of college and/or work experience – excelling and surviving in the professional workplace could prove to take a negative turn, therefore since the BAC does not and has never in the past given any certificates or symbols of display documentation of approval or completion of the 4/5 portfolio, 6/7 work/practice curriculum, or the 8/9 portfolio approval or completion – I would recommend the following:

In order to be fair and ethical about the level of achievement of BAC student’s abilities, the BAC should now grant the Associates Degree in order to recognize that BAC students have made significant progress over a 3-4 year period in both professional and academic environments toward the Bachelor’s Degree and toward accomplishments in the professional world of the workplace.

  • Further Course study would go toward the Bachelor’s Degree and toward completing IDP requirements through NCARB in Washington ton DC. (Note: ref. BAC website)

Joseph Edgecombe, B. Arch. BAC Alumni – Special Appeals Graduate 1990,                                    617-905-9218

Rev 12/4/2010 JCE

Undergraduate Program:  Basic Plan – Design (General Plan)

  • Undergraduate Architecture & Design Studies Programs:

Year 1, Foundation/Freshman 1, Year: Academic –Only Program/Intro. – Year, Day Program

Year 1-2, Freshman 2, Year(s): First & Second Full Year of Practice and Education

Year 3, Sophomore Year: (After Passing 4/5 Review) Achievement of Associates Degree

Year 4, Junior Year: (After Passing 6/7 Review)/ Achievement of Adv. Student -Professional Status

  • Completion of all Academic & Professional requirements to enter Senior/Final Year

Year 5/6, Senior Year/Senior Project Final Year: 

  • BDS Design Studies-Various Degrees, Final Year/Academic Completion Year

BDS Architecture – Design Degree Program/Completion: (Advance to B. Arch. Degree Option)

Year 5/6, Design Pre-Graduate/Project Final Year(s): (After Passing 8/9 Review)

  • BDS Architecture  – Final Year /Academic Completion Year

Bachelor of Architecture Degree Program/Completion: 

Year 7, Advanced Architecture Studies Pre-Graduate Project/Independent Year(s):

  •  (Pre)Professional Bachelor of Architecture Degree

 

4 Years Later 2009 – Solutions for Rebuilding New Orleans : 

Addressing Americas Urban Crisis Challenge: Black History, Architecture and Urban Culture

And Solutions for Rebuilding New Orleans

By Joseph C. Edgecombe, Urban Scholar

Email: Black-History@live.com  

  • Our National History – Summary
  • Black Architecture Perspectives: Afro/African-American Culture (Urban Politics)
  • Conclusion: The Challenge of Rebuilding New Orleans: The Social-Political and Economic challenge of creating the goal of Architectural Justice for all.

Our National History – Summary

In address of today’s urban and Architectural/socio-economic affairs I am convening/advocating a landmark summit to address social historical and architectural-economic and cultural (political) issues and problems we face as an aspiring modern society of free people striving for equality, justice, freedom and understanding which in many ways has not been granted.

All concerned should be interested and willing to participate in this post civil rights and post corporate diversity world we live in today we must conquer the problems that plague urban America the world and Africa  if we are to the leaders and the true architects of the future of society.

We must set the path for others to follow as leaders do, but we must not only lead but create the future M.L.K. had the will and audacity to have a new dream which, and Marcus Garvey  had the spirit of independence and along with Malcolm X and others of the previous Harlem Renaissance and the Black arts and literature movement set the tone for revolutionizing the 20th century, which was accomplished but has not been recognized still by may, it’s as if Nelson Mandela was still in jail or the Emancipation proclamation was nothing but a letter to Uncle Sam the good old USA. But in consideration of Shirley Chisholm’s groundbreaking, courageous and unprecedented 1972 Campaign for the Presidency of the United States where she founded the change movement as a political-Architect of change – this is not old America or the good old USA this is a new century and millennium and America is a renewed country just as if we were to renew an old deteriorating building that was falling apart and was in severe need of architects to rebuild the infrastructure and remodel the building and save it from collapsing.

Let us come together and gather and become the new nation of achievers that revived old cities and communities and breathed new life into old politics of place and past generations and form the future because we have to function because if there is no function there is no form, we must be able to sculpt our future as African artist create afro-centric artwork and make great works of art out of stone and wood. We as the architects of the future must do the same, not for glorification but the attribution of the creative process which is to make something out of what many people disregard as nothing., in essence we must find the gems and domains that lay in the old mines of the urban environment and skillfully reengineer the hidden qualities of the potentiality of an Architectural Investigation urban problems and urban blight. To succeed is to accomplish step by step gaining momentum not all at once but in time building to a greater cause with every accomplishment. Our cause is our future and we must build it in the words of Malcolm X by any means necessary. We are the new Afro-nation and we must build together the we have lost much of our past but not our future “Sankofa” We can build a great society the great society many have fought for except this one stretches beyond borders and country lines and color lines.

We can begin at home but we must also address the potential of the New World Society, we are now One World technologically linked. We must make this our Architectural Mission.

Black Architecture: Urban Justice for Urban Communities (Urban Politics)

Dedicated Black architectural professionals have been unrecognized in the fight against discrimination and neglect by mainstream American society but have demonstrated an outstanding track record of accomplishments and have provided the cultural integrity and leadership necessary in a peaceful effort to guide society and the architectural profession in the right direction of urban justice for urban communities.

Acknowledging the disparity, gap and crisis in the field of architecture and the need to address the need for more access, education, exposure and the promotion of black architecture and the creative achievements of the field which benefit our world and urban communities. As concerned citizens concerned about our future we need to give

recognition and honor to our black architects and architectural professionals who serve society in many different ways and in uncompromising  and honorable fashion who are dedicated to building society for the betterment of our future. We must ensure that we are educated about the facts of the progressive black architectural culture in our cities and  communities where we all live and we must remember to recognize that they too are  the catalyst and leaders who facilitate and poses the knowledge and technology of creating the urban and architectural renaissance necessary to save our communities from urban plight and decay…all contributions weather large or small are all apart of building and designing a better and brighter future for the of our city and country.

Conclusion

The Challenge of Rebuilding New Orleans: The Social-Political and Economic challenge of creating the goal of Architectural Justice for all.

In the effort to rebuild a major city and cultural Mecca  from hurricane deviation and broken levees, and the experience of government breakdown or government dysfunction we have corralled numerous  professional organizations and associations, community cause oriented groups,  not-for–profit organizations,  local  and national leaders, talented artists, celebrities and the concerned public, volunteers and voluntary organizations, media journalist and interested traveling individuals who see the cause to contribute to concern the rebuilding efforts by whatever means possible, not to mention foundations and humanitarian organizations which also have a large impact in the rebuilding effort. 

The City of  New Orleans faces the challenge  of making progressive strives on limited funds which may not meet the programmed goals of many of the plans which have been created and constructed as the means of planning the agenda  and formula to regenerate and develop a new…New Orleans.

100 years after the civil War the country found itself fighting the battle for civil rights and human rights of many in the US South and also fighting against racism against black America as the country moved into the progressive era of the 70’s as the country tried to create a united message instead finding that the divide state of America had left black America behind, left-out and not included in the progressive business of growing a prosperous country.

Many victims of the Katrina Hurricane have felt left-out and left behind by the US government because of poor reaction and poor response technically and administratively., repeating in a sense the issues of the civil rights movement some 40 years later. Approximately 140+ years after the civil war in many ways the United States still finds itself not only divided but drastically divided.

Now the challenge of America in rebuilding New Orleans is also rebuilding confidence in our American government and American society.

Presidential candidates have campaigned on the platform of the rebuilding effort in New Orleans.

But beyond these facts the facts of African American history still stand true as our National History, and the challenge of rebuilding New Orleans is not only administrative or governmental but multi-organizational including our educational institutions. Now we see that constructing and creating and managing the redevelopment and rebuilding of NOLA is more the rebuilding from the catastrophe of a storm …but it has become a coordination challenge of Architectural promotions which are comprehensive in nature and multifaceted and challenging.

We as a people can now see that re-building   a city is more than just the construction of building plans or building a political agenda or philosophy passed down to the people from the government.  It is the demand and challenge to meet the architectural goals – not only political goals of bring people and society together to build a future together.

Shifting corruption from africa to america: Hillary clinton speaks out on political corruption in america while touring africa, Hillary clinton speaks out on american style corruption in american politics from the platform of her africa trip.

American political media is often quick to imply that that ther is corruption in africa in the general continent or within Africa’s various countries, implying that corrutiion and /or political corruption if a foriegn affair and not a national amaricam problem or topical issues of concern within america. Corruption is a major concern to much of the Black/african-american Community in the United States because it is directly related to the politics of the dominant/ruling class and racism, predudice and discrimination and racketeering which must be brought to an end in in america. Hillarry Clinton has stated a truth which the american media often denies or regards as anon-important issue in America, Hillary Clinton has now taken a stand on corruption in America, which reminds us all that the work, presidential campain agenda  and strong stand or  message of Shirley Chisholm has not been forgotten. This now broadens many the narrow-minded perspectives of many in the political-media and within various industries of the United States and perhaps will bring more address to the State of America today.

Link to Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-HVs2nMa-6o

Hillary Clinton, still in Africa, compares Nigeria\’s rigged elections to Bush vs. Gore

Recognizing & Eradicating Racism in Boston, JUNGLE FEVER 2009 – Gates v. Boston Area Politics, An Urban Drama, (Reflections on the 1991 teachable moment by Spike Lee).

The Mayor needs to open his eyes: Boston’s top Racist Institutions & Jungle Fever 2009 or Racism‏.

A Boston police officer suspended for calling Henry Louis Gates Jr. a “banana-eating jungle monkey” in an e-mail to the Boston Globe and the National Guard has filed a federal suit against the city, citing a violation of his  rights leading to mental ills.

The Mayor needs to open his eyes: beyond degrading or coming down on suspended/officer Justin Barret, In a city which has often been called racist, we should inquire or investigate as to what are Boston top racist institutions… The BAC – Boston Architectural Center/College is actualy the center of racism, and is the top racist institute in boston, and I hope the Boston Police Dept, & Cambridge Police department is not following closely in second and third  place. 

By the actions of officer Barret, it would seem the Boston police dept may be following the BAC in second place instead of the Cambridge police dept. but for sure the Boston Architectural Center needs to stop avoiding racial issues and stop building up a track record of unresolved racial issues.

The racial situation is a national architectural issue in the Country, but the BAC continues to sweep these issues under the red carpet, while having others walk on top of the red carpet.

That’s why the BAC is holding on to the #1 top spot as Boston’s most racist institution.

WHAT ARE BOSTON’S TOP  10 RACIST INSTITUTIONS – THE BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL CENTER??….What are the 9 other racist institutions?? The Boston Police?? The Cambridge Police Dept.?? or is the problem with City Leadership.

The Case of the Young Black Architects/students, as related to Racial Profiling, and the issues of Prof. Henry Louis, Gates Officer Crowley, our President Barack Obama and Justin Barrett and the Assasination of American History/Black American Political History.

In the city of Boston institutional racism is part of the culture at the Boston (anti) Architectural Center (BAC) and/or the so-called Boston Architectural College, where the address of diversity and racial issues are not emphasized and is ignored which is quit opposite to atmosphere in many other colleges that emphasize race and diversity. The BAC has a token Oreo-like black as president which they use as a power to continue to belittle, degrade and detour black students because the culture of racism, institutional racism and the acceptance of the deviant behavior racism that has not been addressed is covered up or swept under the rug and still exists at the school which has the careless way of turning black American dreams into nightmares which leads to economic poverty in America and the underdevelopment of our cities, neighborhoods and urban communities and the loss of the American Dream. At the BAC Negative- counter productivity trumps the productive good leading the school to now be in a failed state of existence. I hope that the Cambridge police department does not follow the policy of mis-leadership and misguidance of institutions like the Boston architectural center/college. But in order to resolve this situation in Boston/the Boston area (Cambridge), In a city which has often been called racist, we should inquire or investigate as to what are Boston top racist institutions… The BAC I believe is the top, and I hope the Cambridge Police department is not following closely in second place.

America need to learn from the past in order to move America ahead and Presidential Candidate – Shirley Chisholm the Political-Architect of our time – provided the country with this leadership  in her 1972 Presidential Campaign, we have to follow her lead not only the current Presidential trend or hype and therefore America should not cover-up the factors that helped change this country for the better. Professor/ Politician Shirley Chisholm, Educator & Political-Architect in her prolific Campaign gave us the most teachable moment in American history, let us not have american culture be turned into an uneducated cuture due to the problems of the American/Political Media Complex, Institutional Racism and the assasination of Americas most teachable historical moment – 1972.

Joseph Edgecombe, Boston

 Recognizing & Eradicating Racism in Boston, JUNGLE FEVER 2009 – Gates v. Boston Area Politics, An Urban Drama, (Reflections on the 1991 teachable moment by Spike Lee).

The Mayor needs to open his eyes: Boston’s top Racist Institutions & Jungle Fever 2009 or Racism‏

A Boston police officer suspended for calling Henry Louis Gates Jr. a “banana-eating jungle monkey” in an e-mail to the Boston Globe and the National Guard has filed a federal suit against the city, citing a violation of his  rights leading to mental ills.

The Mayor needs to open his eyes: beyond degrading or coming down on suspended/officer Justin Barret, In a city which has often been called racist, we should inquire or investigate as to what are Boston top racist institutions… The BAC – Boston Architectural Center/College is actualy the center of racism, and is the top racist institute in boston, and I hope the Boston Police Dept, & Cambridge Police department is not following closely in second and third  place.
 

By the actions of officer Barret, it would seem the Boston police dept may be following the BAC in second place instead of the Cambridge police dept. but for sure the Boston Architectural Center needs to stop avoiding racial issues and stop building up a track record of unresolved racial issues.

The racial situation is a national architectural issue in the Country, but the BAC continues to sweep these issues under the red carpet, while having others walk on top of the red carpet.

That’s why I say that the BAC is holding on to the #1 top spot as Boston’s most racist institution.

WHAT ARE BOSTON’S TOP  10 RACIST INSTITUTIONS – THE BOSTON ARCHITECTURAL CENTER??….What are the 9 other racist institutions?? The Boston Police?? The Cambridge Police Dept.?? or is the problem with City Leadership.

The Case of the Young Black Architects/students, as related to Racial Profiling, and the issues of Prof. Henry Louis, Gates Officer Crowley, our President Barack Obama and Justin Barrett and the Assasination of American History/Black American Political History.

In the city of Boston institutional racism is part of the culture at the Boston (anti) Architectural Center (BAC) and/or the so-called Boston Architectural College, where the address of diversity and racial issues are not emphasized and is ignored which is quit opposite to atmosphere in many other colleges that emphasize race and diversity. The BAC has a token Oreo-like black as president which they use as a power to continue to belittle, degrade and detour black students because the culture of racism, institutional racism and the acceptance of the deviant behavior racism that has not been addressed is covered up or swept under the rug and still exists at the school which has the careless way of turning black American dreams into nightmares which leads to economic poverty in America and the underdevelopment of our cities, neighborhoods and urban communities and the loss of the American Dream. At the BAC Negative- counter productivity trumps the productive good leading the school to now be in a failed state of existence. I hope that the Cambridge police department does not follow the policy of mis-leadership and misguidance of institutions like the Boston architectural center/college. But in order to resolve this situation in Boston/the Boston area (Cambridge), In a city which has often been called racist, we should inquire or investigate as to what are Boston top racist institutions… The BAC I believe is the top, and I hope the Cambridge Police department is not following closely in second place.

America need to learn from the past in order to move America ahead and Presidential Candidate – Shirley Chisholm the Political-Architect of our time – provided the country with this leadership  in her 1972 Presidential Campaign, we have to follow her lead not only the current Presidential trend or hype and therefore America should not cover-up the factors that helped change this country for the better. Professor/ Politician Shirley Chisholm, Educator & Political-Architect in her prolific Campaign gave us the most teachable moment in American history, let us not have american culture be turned into an uneducated cuture due to the problems of the American/Political Media Complex and Institutional Racism.

 Joseph Edgecombe, Boston

WHAT IS BOSTONS TOP RACIST INSTITUTION – THE BOSTON ARCHITECTIRAL CENTER??….What are the 9 other racist institutions?? The Boston Police?? The Cambridge Police Dept.?? or is the problem with City or Leadership.

Recognizing & Eradicating Racism in Boston, JUNGLE FEVER 2009 – Gates v. Boston Area Politics, An Urban Drama, (reflections on the 1991 teachable moment).

 The Case of the Young Black Architects/students, Racial Profiling, and the issues of Prof. Henry Louis, Gates Officer Crowley, our President Barack Obama and Justin Barrett.

LAWLESSNESS STILL THRIVES IN AMERICA: The trespassing Issue…

Officer Crowley in trespassing on Professor gates property and showed him no respect at all , its disgraceful conduct on the officer Crowley’s part and this lack of respect for the property and the standing of professor gates was a critical violation of civil rights, property rights human rights, and ethical conduct, a call was based on unconfirmed information does not give the police the right to disturb the peace and create havoc in a peaceful community. The officer had NO right to pursue the situation the way he did. The cane , the luggage, the slight limp that Mr. gates has and the age of Mr. gates would lead anyone with common sense to not pursue an arrest. Trespassing: is the crime of unlawfully entering another person’s property without permission or authority. Interfering with an owner or legal tenant’s use of their property, such as enclosing a portion of another’s land, also constitutes trespass. Trespass is usually a criminal misdemeanor, and is also a crime from which a victim may recover monetary damages. Let me set the facts strait. This whole situation is a case of JUNGLE FEVER the teachable moment was in 1991 but we have not learned from our past, therefore America is still making mistakes…Spike Lee may have failed to ensure that his movie sent the right message …not the message a black and white male/female relationships as “jungle fever”, but instead the more important issues of “surviving in the world of the urban/business jungle” or the hectic everyday social/business and work world which has a host of race and class issues connected to advancing, being accepted or being denied for what we all work (hard) for which are successful careers without the tragedy of having you career or your name/reputation torn apart because… it’s a jungle out there!, and during intense times or delicate situations we all are susceptible or may come down with a case of “Jungle Fever” overacting, displaying rudeness, spite or bigotry etc., when it is uncalled for. Jungle Fever is “different” than….racism which some call showing your “true colors” (true personality) which often means a person with a racist personality or actions/racist. Jungle Fever (an aggressive uncalled for attitude and/or destructive action) may not be racism but it is a very serious problem in America. If Jungle Fever is not addressed, swept under the rug or glossed over as non-racial acts, when dealing with racial satiations Jungle fever could easily turn into racism or institutionalized racism which is the act of covering up or denying racial situations, race history or racial issues… especially when there are facts and studies regarding other related racial situations, incidents or cases. The Henry Louis gates case is a classic prime example of both the race and class issues of black Americans striving to live the American dream and having their dreams turned into nightmares because of institutional racism and / or the acceptance of covert, subtle or indirect racism in America, another good general example is the experience of black architects. In the movie jungle fever Wesley Snipes played the role of a token black architect in a white (only) architectural firm. After years of helping the company grow from a small company to a large company which hired large groups of white people Wesley snipes was refused promotion to become a partner with the company, as well snipes advocated for more people of color to be hired…but to no avail. Soon after… (while in a white social setting)… a call was made to the police about a possible disturbance, Wesley Snipes (Architect/successful urban (Black/minority) professional) was nearly shot in the head by white police officers who did not take the time to assess the situation in the proper manner. Racial profiling does not only take place in the streets, but also in our businesses, educational institutions and other organizations in America and the city of Boston is often labeled as the most racist city in America, although not outright as in the Cambridge police situation, somehow racism still seems to survive and live within the daily operations of modern times By the actions of officer Barret, it would seem the Boston police dept may be following the BAC in second place instead of the Cambridge police dept. but for sure the so-called Boston Architectural College/center needs to stop avoiding and ignoring racial issues and stop building up a track record of unresolved racial issues, The racial situation is a national architectural issue in the Country, but the BAC continues to sweep these issues under the red carpet, while having others walk on top of the red carpet. That’s why the BAC is holding on to the #1 top spot as Boston’s most racist institution.

Joseph Edgecombe (overview)