Street sign at George Floyd Memorial.

George Floyd and A Community of Care

George Floyd was killed in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020. A memorial sprang up at the intersection of E. 38th Street and Chicago Avenue that quickly became a hub for community healthcare, food distribution, art-making, and protest. Months later, a self-organizing network continues to maintain this space for collective action.

At E. 38th Street and Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis, a self-organizing network explores what it means to construct and maintain a public memorial, a space for collective action.




  • Barbara Penner
  • Sandy Isenstadt

Simon Sadler

Simon Sadler is a columnist for Places. He teaches the history and theory of architecture, design, and urbanism across several programs at the University of California, Davis, where he is a professor in the Department of Design.

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Barbara Penner

Barbara Penner is a columnist for Places. She is Professor of Architectural Humanities at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

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Gabrielle Esperdy

Gabrielle Esperdy is a columnist for Places. She is associate professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a professor of architectural history at the University of Delaware, and a columnist for Places.

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