Wilkins releases “Activist Architecture’, recognized for work in urban design and community development

Wilkins releases “Activist Architecture’, recognized for work in urban design and community development

Craig Wilkins, a Lecturer in the Architecture program, has been recognized for his work and writing in urban design and community development.

Recently released, Activist Architecture: Philosophy & Practice of the Community Design Center, by Craig L. Wilkins & Dan Pitera, FAIA brings together some of the most creative minds working in the world of community design and socially engaged practice. The edited volume asserts that community design centers and other socially engaged practices expand the influence built environmental professions have on culture and society. Complete details on the book can be found on ITunes.

This March, Wilkins was invited to speak at a two-day, “Towards a Hip-Hop Architecture” symposium hosted by Syracuse University School of Architecture. Wilkins presented on his hip-hop architecture theory, a topic that has won Wilkins praise in regards to his essay “(W)Rapped Space: The Architecture of Hip Hop.” 

Wilkins was also published in a special issue, focused on architecture, of the International Review of African American Art. Wilkins’ essay, “A Design Vision for the Re-building of Detroit/ The wisdom of broader ribbons across the land” suggests a greenway infrastructure project to take advantage of the city’s sparse population and reforestation. His environmentally-integrated vision for Detroit offers a lead into the next century of urban habitation. To read Wilkins’ piece in the IRAAA, visit

Additionally, Wilkins was awarded the Hambridge Center literary residency and Distinguished Fellowship. The residency, situated in Georgia, is an artist retreat set in a pristine natural environment. The residency offers a sanctuary for talented artists to explore their creative voices and develop their works to the highest caliber. Residencies are awarded by juried panels, and creative thinkers are invited from all around the world. Visit the Hambridge Center website to learn more about the Hambridge Center literary residency.

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