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.




  • Naomi Stead
  • Barbara Penner

Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and Head of Architecture at Monash University.

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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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Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is a professor of anthropology at The New School in New York City.

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David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

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