BIPOC-centered Farms Network in Hudson Valley, New York. Image: Stephanie Kyuyoung Lee
Stephanie Kyuyoung Lee, architecture teaching fellow at Bard College, has been awarded a $10,000 grant in support of her fellowship project, “Hard Labor, Soft Space: The Making of Radical Farms.” Lee’s project is one of 25 design proposals, chosen out of 132 applications and representing a range of disciplines and locations throughout New York state, to be selected for a 2023 Architecture + Design Independent Projects grant given by the Architectural League in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts. Lee’s fellowship project explores the impact of race, capital, and property in the building of agrarian settlements in the US. Her work forms a comparative genealogy of utopian agrarian projects, starting with 19th- and 20th-century abolitionist movements, and extending to the current wave of more than 30 BIPOC-owned farms in upstate New York. Focusing on rural approaches to social, racial, and economic liberation in the Hudson Valley, the project will link abolitionist communities to such land justice projects located throughout New York state.