Attend an enriching presentation on settler colonialism in relation to architecture by the University of Michigan architecture professor Andrew Herscher.
Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020
6 pm - 7:30 pm
Hayes Hall 403, UB South Campus
The concept of settler colonialism has recently emerged as a name for a distinctive form of colonialsim that develops in places where settlers permenantly reside and assert sovereignty. While ongoing settler colonialism in the United States is centered in indigenous thought and contemporary urban activsm alike, architecture in the U.S. has only tentatively explored its deep relationship to settler colonial conditions and processes. How could architecture negotiate the settler colonial present and even understand that present as calling for a decolonized future?
AIA continuing education credits pending
Professor Herscher's work endeavors to bring the study of architecture and cities to bear on struggles for rights, justice, and democracy across a range of global sites. In his scholarship he explores the architecture of political violence, migration and displacement, and self-determination and resistance. His books include Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict (Standford University Press, 2010), The Unreal Estate Guide to Detroit (University of Michigan Press, 2012), Displacements: Architecture and Refugee (Sternberg Press, 2017), and, with Daniel Bertrand Monk, The Global Shelter Imaginary, (forthcoming). He has also co-funded a series of militant urban research collaboratives including the We the People of Detroit Community Research Collective, Detroit Resists, and the Settler Colonial City Project. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, where he also co-directs the interdisciplinary faculty/ granduate seminar "Decolonizing Pedagogies".
Randolph St. Lobby, Chicago Cultural Center. Marble was used throughout the Cultural Center's interior. It was quarried in the late 19th Century from Carrara, Italy. Carrara was known for its harsh labor conditions and exploitation. Photo courtesy of Andrew Herscher.
The Chicago Public Library, specifically, the room referred to as Preston Bradley Hall. Decorated by the renowned Tiffany & Co., it initially opened its doors to the public in 1897. Photo courtesy of Andrew Herscher.
Yates Hall, Chicago Cultural Center. These windows potray the message that the land on which the Cultural Center sits, along with the United States in its entirety, was seized from Indigenous People. Photo courtesy of Andrew Herscher.
Chicago's Cultural Center. On the floor of the lobby, the city's seal showcases how colonialism met an indigenous world. Chicago's City Seal was incorperated in 1837. It does not support a decolonized world. Photo courtesy of Andrew Herscher.