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Postponed: Race, Space and Architecture: Reflections on a Curriculum

Wed, Nov 10, 2021    6pm

This event has been postponed. A new date will be announced soon.

Race, Space and Architecture: Reflections on a Curriculum

A lecture by Suzi Hall, Huda Tayob, and Thandi Loewenson with a response by Emanuel Admassu, Assistant Professor and leader of the Fall Urban Design Studio at Columbia GSAPP.

Race, Space & Architecture is an open-access curriculum shared of many voices which engages with three questions: What are the spatial contours of capitalism that produce racial hierarchy and injustice? 
What are the inventive repertoires of refusal, resistance, and re-making that are neither reduced to nor exhausted by racial capitalism and how are they specialized? 
How is ‘race’ configured differently across space, and how can a more expansive understanding of entangled world space broaden our imagination for teaching ​and learning?

Download the Poster Race, Space & Architecture: A Position

Fall 2021 public programming will be a virtual/in-person hybrid. Columbia affiliates holding a green pass may attend in-person events, while the general public may attend via Zoom Webinar. All events will be recorded and available for later viewing unless otherwise noted.

Registration will be re-opened soon.

Organized by the Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design Program.

Suzanne Hall is an interdisciplinary urban scholar based at the LSE, and her work connects the asymmetries of global migration and urban marginalization. From the grounded perspective of peripheral street economies, she explores the racialized frameworks of citizenship and economic inequality and their everyday contestations. She has recently published a book on ‘The Migrant’s Paradox: Street livelihoods and marginal citizenship in Britain’.

Thandi Loewenson is an architectural designer/researcher who mobilizes design, fiction, and performance to stoke embers of emancipatory political thought and fires of collective action, and to feel for the contours of other, possible worlds. Using fiction as a design tool and tactic, and operating in the overlapping realms of the weird, the tender, the earthly and the airborne, Thandi engages in projects which provoke questioning of the status quo, whilst working with communities, policymakers, unions, artists, and architects towards acting on those provocations.

Huda Tayob is senior lecturer at the University of Cape Town and a Canadian Centre for Architecture Mellon Fellow on the project Centring Africa. Her research focuses on minor, migrant and subaltern architectures and the potential of literature to respond to archival silences in architectural research. She is co-curator of the digital podcast series and online exhibition the Archive of Forgetfulness.