AIA CES Credits
AV Office
Abstract Publication
Academic Affairs
Academic Calendar, Columbia University
Academic Calendar, GSAPP
Admissions Office
Advanced Standing Waiver Form
Alumni Board
Alumni Office
Anti-Racism Curriculum Development Award
Architecture Studio Lottery
Avery Library
Avery Review
Avery Shorts


STEM Designation
Satisfactory Academic Progress
Skill Trails
Student Affairs
Student Awards
Student Conduct
Student Council (All Programs)
Student Financial Services
Student Health Services at Columbia
Student Organization Handbook
Student Organizations
Student Services Center
Student Services Online (SSOL)
Student Work Online
Studio Culture Policy
Studio Procedures
Summer Workshops
Support GSAPP
This website uses cookies as well as similar tools and technologies to understand visitors' experiences. By continuing to use this website, you consent to Columbia University's usage of cookies and similar technologies, in accordance with the Columbia University Website Cookie Notice Group 6
Arch wilson kimlangat maxinegao fa22 01 detail plan

The (Un)natural History Museum

The American Museum of Natural History manifests the Plantation Logic by dehumanizing and demarcating the ‘other’ through the Euro-centric lens. Utilizing tools of exhibition and display, the museum constructs an image that emphasizes the ‘other’ while isolating and freezing cultures in time. The (Un) Natural History Museum rethinks natural history to de-territorialize the museum’s portrayal of colonization and conquest to reveal the unnaturalness of natural history. Through rethinking the diorama, a tool of power that arrests moments in time, the immersive image is disrupted to undo this theatrical staging. A new set of architectural tools intercept, reflect and reveal a narrative to animate and re-contextualize the complex histories that were previously hidden. The (Un) Natural History Museum deconstructs and pulls apart the constructed image to reveal how history is not isolated, but interconnected and ever-changing.