The opening of “Justice in Place: Design for Equity & Regional Currents,” a pop-up
exhibition of Urban Design projects, at the Mid-Hudson Heritage Center, 317 Main St,
Poughkeepsie, on January 28th from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, with remarks at 4:00pm.
The studio was centered on the relation of the city of Poughkeepsie to the county, the
Valley and the multi-state Northeast. Drawing from the evolving discourse of spatial
justice brought to the fore by scholars like Edward Soja as well as groups like Black
Lives Matter, and responding to the shifting political climate that dominated the public
arena in 2016 elections, studio projects identified various manifestations of injustice
evidenced in, but not unique to, Poughkeepsie – social, economic, environmental, and
others - and proposed design strategies to challenge them.
Working with local non-profits as well as planners from the City Poughkeepsie and
Dutchess County, students examined on-the-ground conditions, and spatial and policy
debates about redevelopment and urban change. Each team formulated specific
research agendas, studied institutional actors, and selected sites for change and
The projects are the beginning of a conversation and the work promotes more
collaboration and communication between all those seeking justice and investment in
their communities across the Hudson Valley region.