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Voices and places of Black life in Toronto

Kholisile Dhliwayo is an architect and advocate for community-driven design. In his Daniels Faculty lecture, he'll describe the making of Black Diasporas Tkaronto-Toronto-a mapping project celebrating the spaces that have meaning to Black communities in the city.

Black History Month
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This lecture by Kholisile Dhliwayo will describe the tenets and methodology of making Black Diasporas Naarm-Melbourne and the forthcoming Black Diasporas Tkaronto-Toronto—projects celebrating cultural practices and knowledge systems that support the creation of places where Black communities can thrive. In particular, the talk will outline how oral narrative, filmmaking and exhibition are both archival and aspirational—archival in their celebration of the spaces and places created by Black communities in Toronto and aspirational in the articulation of hopes and dreams and how these manifest in the built environment.

Architect Kholisile Dhliwayo is an Adrian Cheng Fellow at the Social Innovation Change Initiative at the Harvard Kennedy School and a 2023 resident at the Center for Architecture Lab in New York City. A founding member of afrOURban Inc., a 501c3 dedicated to documenting and celebrating the spaces that have meaning to Black communities worldwide, Dhliwayo leads the afrOURban project Black Diasporas, a community-led geolocated oral narrative mapping project that examines the experiences, spaces and places having meaning to Black people.

Q&A to follow. 

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This event is part of

Black History Month 

Join us in celebrating the change makers of African descent who shaped the fabric of Canadian society and beyond this Black History Month.