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ARCUS CENTER FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE LEADERSHIP BY STUDIO GANG



Historically, convening for social justice has taken place in informal settings—a church basement, a living room, or even around a kitchen table.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership brings these discussions up from the basement and 
squarely into public consciousness.

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
The Arcus Center works to develop emerging leaders and sustain existing leaders in the fields of human rights and social justice.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Iwan Baan
As a learning environment and meeting space, it brings together students, faculty, visiting scholars, social justice leaders, and members of the public for conversation and activities aimed at creating a more just world.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Iwan Baan
Supporting this important work, the center’s design is visually open and activated by daylight.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
The plan encourages convening in configurations that begin to break down psychological and cultural barriers between people and help facilitate understanding.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
The presence of a living room, hearth, and kitchen for sharing food at the center of the building creates the potential for frequent informal meetings and casual, chance encounters.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
The wood masonry utilized for the building’s exterior is a low-tech and relatively inexpensive method of building assembly used to achieve a high-performance facade.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Iwan Baan
The wood walls sequester more carbon than was released in building them, responding to today’s need to reduce carbon pollution—one of many environmental issues embraced by social justice movements. Source by Studio Gang.
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Location: Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
Architect: Studio Gang ArchitectsArea: 10000.0 ft2
Year: 2014
LEED Rating: Targeted LEED Gold
Owner: Kalamazoo CollegePhotographs: Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing, Iwan Baan
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Iwan Baan
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Iwan Baan
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership
Photo © Steve Hall for Hedrich Blessing
Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership


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