Architecture, with its deep implications in property and capital derived from settler colonial processes, condenses the tensions, contradictions, disavowals, and betrayals of settler colonialism. And yet, discourse on settler colonialism has been largely absent from the architectural discipline. This absence is productive in settler colonial contexts—it allows the discipline to most effectively serve the interests of capital and its emissaries. Indeed, in its hegemonic professional and pedagogic forms, architecture was and remains a product, instrument, and memorial of settler colonialism. Attempts to “decolonize the curriculum” that omit these constitutive relations are complicit with them.

The Settler Colonial Present is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Settler Colonial City Project, with the support of the Department of the History of Art and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

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When the CCA’s new Double Ground campus expansion opens in San Francisco in 2022, students will be learning and making on land where people...
In the last few decades, new approaches have been taken to address the urban and territorial impact of public works in Chile, particularly in...
The Deceptive Tranquility of Settler Colonial Landscapes One of the ways in which settler colonialism operates is by concealing its logics in...
The plantation is a persistent but ugly blueprint of our contemporary spatial troubles. —Katherine McKittrick 1 Sustainability is...
In the wake of the contra-monument protests led by the Black Lives Matter movement, I made a post on a social media group of the architecture...
Andrea Carlson and Rozalinda Borcilă
These are unprecedented times. The Covid-19 crisis lays bare our interconnectedness. We are all in this together. Or so we are told. On March 27,...
Andrew Herscher and Ana María León
The Settler Colonial Present is a collaboration between the Settler Colonial City Project and e-flux Architecture, featuring contributions by...
Category
Colonialism & Imperialism, Indigenous Issues & Indigeneity, Land & territory
Subject
Dispossession, Slavery, Memory

The Settler Colonial Present is a collaboration between e-flux Architecture and the Settler Colonial City Project, with the support of the Department of the History of Art and Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan.

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