A yard sale like none other

Friday, July 31, 2020 - 20:50 in Mathematics & Economics

With a “yard sale” like none other, a cohort of five Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD)students and recent graduates aims to both raise awareness of social and racial justice in design, and directly support anti-racism organizations.    Officially launched on July 1, Design Yard Sale has raised more than $80,000 in three weeks, with all proceeds benefiting a pair of non-profit organizations dedicated to anti-racist efforts.     The event has operated like a virtual auction and gift shop. Its catalog includes a curated range of original sketches, paintings, furniture, books, and apparel, many of which have been both donated and autographed by their designers — among them, Virgil Abloh, Denise Scott Brown, and Frank Gehry.  Design Yard Sale’s formation and operation have been decidedly grassroots: Student organizers coalesced via email listservs and the auction’s goods were solicited almost entirely via donation from their creators or owners, which included a number of Harvard GSD...

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