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This course considers spatial practices that travel beyond, above and below disciplinary boundaries of measurement. How do we measure cities? What would it mean to think about cities through the very things that architecture fails to represent? By and large, African cities—and more broadly, cities in the Global South—have been dominated by discursive and spatial regimes of quantification that facilitate ongoing practices of extraction. This seminar examines specific tactics of legibility and abstraction, in the visual and conceptual arts, that represent cities and spaces without measure. We will meditate on concepts, environments and practices that are illegible to the broader fields of architecture, urban design and planning; spaces that are always already fleeting. This requires developing transdisciplinary knowledge of black studies, decoloniality, contemporary art, and cultural geography. We will consider multiple forms of measurement, classification, and bordering, that consolidate power and negate the lives of racialized, gendered, and discounted bodies.
Other Semesters & Sections
Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4047‑1 Spring 2024
Immeasurable Sites
Emanuel Admassu
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points
A4047‑1 Spring 2023
Immeasurable Sites
Admassu leallasolomon virshah sp23 01
Admassu aashwitayadav danmiller johnmaxgrenuwaldiii 01
Admassu clarisse figuerido francisca alliende alejandro marin sp23 01
Emanuel Admassu
W 11 AM - 1 PM
3 Points