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  • Smith, Rusty
    • Other Affiliation: Associate Chair, Auburn University Program of Architecture; Associate Director, Rural Studio
  • In 1968, civil rights activist Whitney M. Young, Jr. publicly challenged both the professional and academic institutions of architecture to take responsibility for our role in the link between poverty, opportunity, and the built environment. He posited that safe, dignified, and affordable housing was a basic human right, and that as individual practitioners we were both morally and ethically bound to act. But perhaps more profoundly, Young went on to say that, beyond the responsibility we bare as individuals, as a discipline, we have a professional obligation to take a leadership role in addressing the failures in our ability to tackle the systemic problems in our country that contribute to the poverty and lack of opportunity afforded to the American poor.
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  • Carolina Planning Journal
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  • 41
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  • 68
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  • English
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