c\a\n\a\d\a: delineating nation state capitalism at Not for Sale!

c\a\n\a\d\a: delineating nation state capitalism at Not for Sale!

Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy

David Fortin and Adrian Blackwell eds., c\a\n\a\d\a: delineating nation state capitalism. Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy 12/13, 2022.

May 11, 2023
c\a\n\a\d\a: delineating nation state capitalism at Not for Sale!
May 20, 2023, 1–2:15pm
A conversation with Scapegoat issue 12/13 and Not for Sale! contributors: May 20, 1pm, on connections to land, property as theft, and housing alienation
Architects Against Housing Alienation’s Not For Sale! campaign heartquarters
Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale
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c\a\n\a\d\a: delineating nation state capitalism connects two disassociated discourses about space: architectural theories pointing to property in land as the base unit of both urban morphology and architectural typology, and Indigenous land claims striving to redress the violence of colonial land dispossession, through which capitalist property in land was invented. This issue explores property delineation as the grammatical logic of the production of the space of nation, state, and capital. In it, Nisga’a architect luugigyoo patrick reid stewart underlines this fact when he likens the grammar of the English language to the striation of colonial land appropriation. To counter this violence, he writes without punctuation, except when he inserts backslashes between each letter of the word Canada, derived from the Iroquoian word kanata, “settlement”: his critical spelling illustrates the fragmentation of land produced through colonial land appropriation. The contributors to this volume approach this intersection of Indigenous and settler viewpoints through the interdisciplinary perspectives of both spatial delineators and critical commentators, in order to understand the living connections between Indigenous dispossession and urban pathologies of gentrification, homelessness, systemically biased planning and urban alienation. They address this connection in order to rethink and redraw land relations and create spaces that cultivate caring relations with land, community and self-determination.

This issue includes contributors Sabrien Amrov, George Baird, Nicholas Blomley, D.T. Cochrane, Sarah Cooper, Roberto Damiani, Tiffany Kaewen Dang, Bonnie Devine, Victoria Freeman, Luis Jacob, Dani Kastelein-Longlade, Irena Latek, Adam Lauder, Ange Loft, Sophie Maguire, Kanahus Manuel, Phil Monture, Michael Piper, Brian Porter, Beverly A. Sandalack, luugigyoo patrick reid stewart, Martha Stiegman, and Eunice Wong. It is edited by David Fortin and Adrian Blackwell, designed by Jack Henrie Fisher and Jon Krohn, copyedited by Jeffrey Malecki, illustrated by Marco Adly, and published by Other Forms. The Scapegoat Editorial Board consists of Adrian Blackwell, Seth Denizen, Elise Misao Hunchuck, Marcin Kedzior, and Christie Pearson.

Not For Sale! is Architects Against Housing Alienation (AAHA)’s campaign to end housing alienation in Canada, by bringing together housing activists, architects, and advocates to create ten demands and ten projects for decommodified housing. From May 20 until November 26, 2023 AAHA is occupying the Canadian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale as its campaign heartquarters.

AAHA: Chief Ian Campbell, Luugigyoo Patrick R. Stewart Architect, Sarah Silva; Katlia Lafferty, Ouri Scott, Urban Arts Architecture Inc. One House Many Nations, Idle No More, Sylvia McAdam, Alex Wilson, David T Fortin Architect Inc, Grounded Architecture Inc., SOLO Architecture, Lancelot Coar, Shawn Bailey, Keele Eglinton Residents, SOCA (Studio of Contemporary Architecture), CP Planning (Community in Public); Parkdale Neighbourhood Land Trust, LGA Architectural Partners, tuf lab, Blackwell, Gentrification Tax Action; Navigator Street Outreach Program, This Should Be Housing, FBM architecture/interior design/planning, Affordable Housing Association of Nova Scotia, Toronto Tiny Shelters, SvN Architects and Planners, A Better Tent City Waterloo Region; Haeccity Studio Architecture, Canadian Cohousing Network; Table de concertation du Faubourg Saint-Laurent, Maison du développement durable, Maison du Savoir et de la Littérature, Comité logement Ville-Marie, Interloge, Atelier Big City, Ipek Türeli, Centre d’écologie urbaine de Montréal (CEUM), L’OEUF Architects, Bâtir Son Quartier, Chris Lee, Ali S. Qadeer, Vince Tao, Marie-Espérance Cerda, Ryan Sudds, Housing Solidarity Network, Grey Piitaapan Muldoon and Cory Zurell. Organizing committee: Adrian Blackwell, David Fortin, Matthew Soules, Sara Stevens, Luugigyoo Patrick Stewart, Tijana Vujosevic. Commissioned by the Canada Council for the Arts. Presented by The University of British Columbia School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the University of Waterloo School of architecture.  

Coming soon: open call for Scapegoat issue 14/15, The Critical ZoneEdited by Elise Misao Hunchuck, Seth Denizen, Marco Ferrari, Dubravka Sekulic, Chris Lee, and Jussi Parikka. Follow us on twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for updates, including the soon-to-be-released open call!

Scapegoat: Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy is available in Canada at Art Metropole and CCA bookstore, in the USA through Other Forms, and in Berlin at Pro qmBooks People Places and Hopscotch Reading Room.

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