The Architect's Resistance

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The Architects' Resistance (TAR) is a group formed in 1968 by architecture students from Columbia University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University. The group was formed as "a communications network, a research group, and an action group . . . concerned about the social responsibility of architects and the framework within which architecture is practiced."[1]

The group produced position papers titled: “Architecture and Racism,”[2] “Architects and the Nuclear Arms Race,” and “Architecture: Whom Does It Serve?"[3]

The “Architecture and Racism” position paper led to the picketing of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill by TAR in 1969 for its design of the Carlton Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa during apartheid.

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  1. ^ Graham Foundation. "The Architect's Resistance". 
  2. ^ The Architect's Resistance. "Architecture and Racism" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Bill, Millard (August 2013). "Change Agents". Architect Magazine (August 2013).