October 19, 2020
Using our capital city, Trenton, as a case study, this presentation traces how racism has negatively impacted the development and progress of American cities and towns, and how it has shaped virtually every aspect of our built environment.
1. Tracing the direct correlation between policies, practices and regulations and the resulting built form;
2. Identifying the impact of racism on the form and vitality of the American city;
3. Exploring how structural racism in the US continues to impact the development of our built environment; and
4. Acknowledging who has been blamed for the decline of American cities from the 1930’s to the present, and what the actual source of that decline is.
John Hatch, FAIA, LEED AP; is an architect and principal with Clarke Caton Hintz, an architecture, planning and landscape architecture firm located in Trenton, NJ. In his more than 30 years with CCH, John has managed the design and construction of a wide array of architecturally significant buildings. These include George Pruitt Hall at Thomas Edison State University, the new School of Business at NJCU, the restoration of Morven, the former governor’s mansion in Princeton, and multiple phases of the Roebling Complex Redevelopment in Trenton. His work includes new and renovated facilities for Colleges and Universities, as well as public and independent schools; multi-unit and senior housing projects; historic and urban revitalization projects; as well as significant commercial and civil projects. All of his projects address issues of context, civic life and sustainability. In addition to his design work, John has written and lectured about such topics as historic preservation, sustainability and urban redevelopment.
He is a 32 year resident of the City of Trenton and sits on the Trenton Landmarks Commission as well as the boards of the Princeton Area Community Foundation, Passage Theatre, the NJ Capital Philharmonic and the Trenton Historical Society. He is also a principal with Hx2 Development, which is the developer of Roebling Lofts (www.roeblinglofts.com) and Roebling Center in Trenton.
Architects are creative professionals, educated, trained, and experienced in the art and science of building design, and licensed to practice architecture. Their designs respond to client needs, wants and vision, protect public safety, provide economic value, are innovative, inspire and contribute positively to the community and the environment.