Designed Erasure: Mapping Infrastructure & Black Urban Life
Designed Erasure is a mapping and oral history project. The focus of this research project is to explore how race and racialization contribute to the various cycles of development, destruction, and redevelopment in West Oakland. The questions that animate this research are: what does it mean for Black people in Oakland to live through constant cycles of movement, containment, dispossession, and erasure? How can we imagine various forms of displacement and emplacement alongside the mechanisms that attempt to keep Black people in place? We will use layered historical maps to document Oakland’s planning history, and current policy on homelessness that has been generated by the city of Oakland.