On the occasion of Design Miami/ 2023, taking place December 6-10, 2023 in Miami Beach, dieDAS will present a private, student-facing workshop followed by a public panel discussion exploring the topic of monuments. Both events will take place on December 9th at the revered international design fair’s Talks Theater. The public-facing talk will run from 14:00 until 15:00 EST.
At this pivotal moment, as we reckon with and reimagine public monuments around the globe, dieDAS and Design Miami/ invite experts in design, art and architecture to reflect on the responsibility of communicating complex histories and creating spaces for healing. What stories do the monuments we erect tell? And whose voices are excluded or included? The panel conversation, titled Monumental, delves into the future of monuments in public spaces and the ways they can represent a more inclusive story of humankind - past, present, and future.
In the private, educational workshop, entitled Claim Your History, these same experts will guide local Miami students in an in-depth look at informal and formal monuments. The discussion will explore the significance of historical and contemporary monuments to local communities, including the values they embody; the roles they play in connecting to a communities’ past and present; and—in looking forward—how they might ensure a sense of continuity, and/or serve as tools, deeply rooted in place, for reclamation, healing, and honoring identity.
Barnes will moderate the discussion, which will be followed by a Q&A session.
Miami-based, Chicago-born Germane Barnes studied architecture at the University of Illinois and Woodbury University. He is primarily regarded for his propositional practice dedicated to investigating the connection between architecture and identity. By examining architecture’s social and political agency through historical research and design speculation his work has a particular focus on the relationship between the built environment and Black domesticity.In addition to his eponymous practice, Barnes is currently an Assistant Professor and the Director of The Community Housing & Identity Lab (CHIL) at the University of Miami School of Architecture, a testing ground for the physical and theoretical investigations of architecture’s social and political resiliency.
Barnes’ work has been presented and supported by several illustrious institutions and organizations, including MoMA, SF MoMA, LACMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial, MAS Context, The Graham Foundation, Miami Design District, Design Miami/, and The National Museum of African American History. He is the winner of the 2021 Rome Prize in Architecture, the 2021 Harvard Wheelwright Prize, the 2021 Architectural League Prize, and an inaugural grant from Theaster Gates and Prada’s Dorchester Industries Experimental Design Lab.
To learn more about Studio Barnes, visit germanebarnes.com / Instagram: @gmane16
Jha D Amazi believes that the narratives upheld in our public realm should be expanded to represent, honor, and celebrate the experiences, histories, and cultures of people who have been historically denied representation in our memorial landscape. As a Principal at MASS Design Group, Jha D leads the Public Memory and Memorials Lab, engaging communities to design projects such as the Franklin Park Action Plan (Boston, MA), the Emmett Till & Mamie Till-Mobley National Monument Project (Tallahatchie County, MS and Chicago, IL), and the Gun Violence Memorial Project (Chicago, IL, and Washington D.C.), Additionally, Jha D is a spoken word artist, event producer, and self-proclaimed SpaceMaker for LGBTQ+ communities of color. In 2023, she was appointed to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Black Empowerment by Massachusetts Governor Maura Healey. (Based in Cambridge, MA)
To learn more about Jha D, visit massdesigngroup.org / Instagram: @jhadamazi
Trained in architecture, Furman now works across diverse scales and disciplines, from painting, videos and prints, to large public artworks, furniture, interiors, and beyond. Their vibrant aesthetic combines diverse influences into a distinctive visual language that is singular and very much their own. Exhibited and collected internationally, Furman's work delights in community, inclusivity, and the transforming power of spaces that provide joy, inspiration, and the permission to be purely oneself.
To learn more about Adam, visit adamnathanielfurman.com / Instagram: @adamnathanielfurman
Nina is the founding principal of Studio Cooke John Architecture and Design, a multidisciplinary design studio that values placemaking as a way to transform relationships between people and the built environment.
Studio Cooke John’s Shadow of A Face, the new Harriet Tubman Monument in Newark, NJ was unveiled in March 2023. The studio was awarded a 2021 AIA Merit Award for the public art installation, Point of Action, commissioned for the Flatiron public plazas in 2020 and currently on view at the Wassaic Project. Nina was named a 2022 United States Artists Fellow. Her work has also been featured in Architectural Record, Madame Architect, The New York Times, Dwell, NBC’s Open House, the Center for Architecture’s 2018 exhibition, Close to the Edge: The Birth of Hip-Hop Architecture and PBS NewsHour Weekend.
Nina earned her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University. She now teaches at Columbia University.
To learn more about Nina, visit cookejohn.com / Instagram: @ninacookejohn
Anna Carnick is an American-born, Berlin-based independent editor, writer, and curator. She is co-Editor-in-Chief of Design Miami’s online magazine, The Forum, as well as the Design Miami/2023 Curatorial Director. She is also cofounder of Anava Projects, a creative agency dedicated to supporting socially conscious designers. Carnick has edited several books on art and design and written for a variety of esteemed publications and institutions. She is author of the books Nendo: 10/10 (Gestalten) and Design Voices as well as a former columnist for Icon Design Magazine. Carnick has curated and produced a number of design exhibitions and events around the globe, with an emphasis on nurturing emerging talent and community.
To learn more about Anna Carnick, visit annacarnick.com and anavaprojects.com / Instagram: @acarnick