from the margins - perspectives on the built environment
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from the margins - perspectives on the built environmentOct 26, 2022
S02EP12 - Centering Equity & Justice w/Shalini Agrawal - SEASON FINALE
In this episode, the last of this season, we talk with Shalini Agrawal an architect who has over 25 years of experience engaging communities of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses in collaborative design workshops. We talk to her about her practice and how she brings equity and diversity to design, art, and architecture. We discuss with her her work on the Decolonial School at the California College of the Arts and her teachings on community engagement within the fields of design and architecture.
At the end of this episode, we say goodbye to this season, and invite our listeners to give their feedback, and who would they like to hear on our next season.
S02EP11- Archiving Hirstory w/ Chris E. Vargas
In this episode, we talk with Chris E. Vargas, a video maker & interdisciplinary artist whose work deploys humor and performance in conjunction with mainstream idioms to explore the complex ways that queer and trans people negotiate spaces for themselves within historical & institutional memory and popular culture. We talked with him about his web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling In Love...with Chris and Greg, and Homotopia and its feature-length sequel Criminal Queers movies. We have an extensive conversation about MOTHA, the Museum of Transgender Hirstory & Art, a critical and conceptual arts & hirstory institution highlighting the contributions of trans art to the cultural and political landscape.
S2E10 - The Transborder Experience w/ Josemar González
In this episode, we talk with Josemar González, a Multi-Disciplinary Artist & Community Organizer with extensive experience in both the Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California regions. We discussed with about his work with various independent arts organizations, and how they collaborate to help educate using the arts as a means of communication. He talks about his interest in using video, photography, installation, audio, technology, and various creative mediums to document and do storytelling to deconstruct human experiences.
S2E09 - Material Histories w/ Sarah Lynn Lopez
In this episode we talk with Sarah L. Lopez about her interest in the history of the built environment. We talk about her book the The Remittance Landscape: The Spaces of Migration in Rural Mexico and Urban USA and her upcoming book, which is interested in the history of the México/US border and immigration through the materials. Sarah Lopez discusses her interest in the built environment, her family and personal histories, and how it has informed her scholarship.
- Border Land, Border Water, by C.J. Alvarez
S2E8 - Building Mutuality w/ Mahdi Sabbagh
In this episode, we talk with Mahdi Sabbagh, an architect and urbanist based in New York City, about his scholarship on Palestinian resistance and liberation. We discuss with him, how his work as a scholar and practice relate to each other. Mahdi talks to us about his publications and writing.
S2E7 - Collective Autonomies w/ Linda Quiquivix
In this episode, we talk with popular educator, writer, translator, and seed-saver Linda Quiquivix about her activism work. Her work within academia and activism, and how these inform each other. We explore with her future "new worlds" for communities and liberation movements based on Zapatista activism. We talk about the publications she is working on, and the work Grietas journal will be putting forward.
#liberationmovements #activism #possiblefutures #zapatistas #grietas
S2E6 - Undoing Border Imperialism w/ Harsha Walia
In this episode, we talk with Harsha Walia about her work as an activist and her two published books. We learn about the interconnectivity of her activities as an activist and scholar, the work of resistance, and the importance of collectivity. We discuss colonization, borders as colonial tools, and possible futures for borders.
#abolitionism #politics #interconnection #solidarity #connectivity #borderandrule #undoingborderimperialism #podcast #border #rule
S2E5 - Spatial Insurgencies w/ Ersela Kripa
S2E4 - Border Bodies w/ Bernadine Hernández
In this episode, we talk with Bernadine Hernández about her new book Border Bodies. We discuss the exploitation of brown women's bodies in the southwest and the México - US border. We talk about her work as an activist, teaching, and artistic endeavors.
S2E3 - Spirituality as Resistance w/ Vreni Michelini-Castillo
In this episode with talk with Vreni Michelini-Castillo about her transdisciplinary artistic practice, her spirituality, and her teaching. How all of them are connected, and how these practices bring a different light to mexican artists in the territory now known as the United States. We get to hear from her about the Fluid Mutualism symposium project, and the Color Theory book.
This episode was recorded on Apr 13, 2022
S2E2 - Subverting Identity w/ Arleene Correa Valencia
In this episode with talk with artist Arleene Correa Valencia about the empowerment of one's identity and its representation in art. Arleene shares with us her life history and how that has influenced her work.
Episode Recorded 04/12/22
The Distance Between. By Reyna Grande
S2Ep1 - The Dynamics of Power w/Cruz Garcia from Wai Think Tank
In this episode, we discuss the dynamics of power in relation to the built environment and academic circles with Cruz Garcia from Wai Think Tank. Cruz talks about his scholarship and their work as pedagogues, the receptivity of academic institutions to their work, and the pushback to"normalizing" this curriculum in schools of architecture.
You can find more about Wai Think Tank and their work, here.
Episode recorded on Apr 11, 2022.
Antes que Isla es Volcan / Before Island is Volcano by Raquel Salas Rivera
Gold Medal Winner of the Juan Felipe Herrera Award for Bilingual Poetry. From the National Book Award-nominated, Lambda Award-winning poet: a powerful, inventive new collection that looks to the future of Puerto Rico with love, rage, beauty, and hope.
Colonial Debts. The Case of Puerto Rico. by Rocio Zambrana
Subjects: Postcolonial and Colonial Studies, Theory and Philosophy > Marxism, Caribbean Studies
Sound editing by @risd1877 student Jade Cannata @thetripwalker.
S2Ep0 - Reintroductions with Germán and Jose.
A new beginning, expanding directions. In this episode, I present new co-host, Jose Brunner @joeybrunner. We talk about last season's best moments and lessons learned. We also discuss the changes we are making to the podcast, the new guests that will be joining our conversations, and the importance of the human factor, the person, in the whole arc of their work.
Our new logo and image was designed by @risd1877 student Feifan Gao, with collaboration of @manueltrani . Sound editing done by @risd1877 student Jade Cannata @thetripwalker. We would like to thank RISD SEI Center their support #risdsei
S1Ep13 - Fernando L. Lara - On the different layers of colonialism. New platforms of learning/dissemination, and the 'New World' and the rise of Architecture as we know it.
Episode recorded Nov, 2020.
In this episode, I talk to Fernando Luiz Lara, who works on theorizing spaces of the Americas with emphasis on the dissemination of architecture and planning ideas beyond the traditional disciplinary boundaries. In his several articles, Prof. Lara has discussed the modern and the contemporary architecture of our continent, its meaning, context, and social-economic insertion. In this episode, we talk about our education as Latin American architects in the cannon, how we decolonized it and got into decolonization perspectives for our work. We talked about the need for a new and different set of values on which to analyze architectural Latin American architecture, and not by comparing them to American or European standards. We commented on how teaching decoloniality is still in the margins of academia. We had an interesting conversation on Fernando's article American Mirror: the Occupation of the “New World” and the Rise of Architecture as We Know it. And we talked about the future of education, podcasts, youtube channels, electronic media, etc.
Books mentioned in the conversation.
Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology and Utopia, with Luis Carranza. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015.
Apuntes sobre Decolonializacion, Arquitectura y Ciudad en las Americas. with Reina Loredo Cansino. - Link to the presentation of the book video.
Ideas to Postpone the End of the World. by Ailton Krenak
The Moor’s account. by Laila Lalami
Sera mañana. by Federico Guzmán Rubio
A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things. A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet. by Raj Patel and Jason W. Moore.
Race and Modern Architecture. A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present. Edited By Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, Mabel O. Wilson
S1Ep11-2 - Emmanuel Ortega / Babelito - The second part of a conversation about decolonial and anticoloniality in academic practices, casta paintings, and colonial architecture...
In this second episode with Emmanuel Ortega (Babelito from Latinos Who Lunch) a researcher, curator, podcaster, and recent YouTuber (Unsettling Journeys) dedicated to uncovering the histories behind Mexican, Latin American, and Latinx identities by examining the arts (as well as the visual and material cultures and built environment) created before the invasion of Tenochtitlán, during the colonial period, around the waves of Independence from Europe, and into our contemporary world. We continue talking about the journey of a Mexican scholar into American academia, we discuss the conflicts between de-colonial history and anti-colonial practices in history. We talk about the work of Ramón Grosfuguel and the Epistemicides of the 16th century in order to understand anti-colonial gestures, and revisionist history practices. Finally, we get to architecture or the built environment by discussing the Casta paintings, their depictions of race, gender, and class (tools of hate - Kirsten Pai Buick)
Silencing the Past by Michael-Rolph Trouillot
Unsettling Journeys - Youtube Channel
Imagining Identity in New Spain by Magali Carrera
S1Ep12 - Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi - histories of architecture, modernity, feminist and colonial practices.
In this episode, I talk with Anooradha Siddiqi a researcher interested in architectural history and theory; spatial politics; histories of migration and settlement; histories of land and partitions; modernism and modernity in Africa and South Asia; feminist practice and theory; black and brown consciousness theory; histories of heritage politics and craft practices; intellectual histories; critical cultural practices and production; collectivity, radical pedagogies, and mutual aid; past and present pedagogical practices in art and architecture.
We talk about her latest projects Architecture of Migration: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Humanitarian Settlement analyzes the history, visual rhetoric, and spatial politics of the Dadaab refugee camps in Northeastern Kenya. as an epistemological vantage point in the African and Islamic world. On the work of Minnette de Silva and a Modern Architecture of the Past that engages the intellectual and heritage work of one of the first women to establish a professional architectural practice and an important cultural figure in the history of Ceylon/Sri Lanka. In this episode mostly discuss about pedagogies in architecture, feminist pedagogies, the controversial topic of the canon and, structuring courses that allow a diversity of knowledge, approaches, and perspectives.
Lose your Mother by Saidiya Hartman
Postcards from God by Imtiaz Dharker
S1Ep11-1 - Emmanuel Ortega / Babelito - A conversation about Latinx scholars traversing White academia, an attempt to talk about architecture, and the promise of another episode...
In this episode, I talk to Emmanuel Ortega (Babelito from Latinos Who Lunch) a researcher, curator, podcaster, and recent YouTuber whose work looks to deconstruct the politics of colorism in colonial and contemporary Latin America by analyzing the visual culture of the colonial period and the politics of class and race classification behind the caste system. Springing from his research interests, Ortega has curated in México and the United States. Babelito is one half of one of the podcast that inspired the creation of this podcast, Latinos Who Lunch, and currently is working on a youtube channel titled Unsettling Journeys, dedicated to uncovering the histories behind Mexican, Latin American, and Latinx identities by examining the arts (as well as the visual and material cultures and built environment) created before the invasion of Tenochtitlán, during the colonial period, around the waves of Independence from Europe, and into our contemporary world; that he discusses further in our conversation.
We talk about the journey of a Mexican scholar into American academia, and the role that the "newly discovered" need for diversity in the Ivory Tower has affected Black and Brown voices. We also talk about modernity and mobility, the role of new media in the creation of academic portfolios, and the accessibility of knowledge. How podcasts, youtube channels, and others are helping to reach larger audiences, but also how these are not yet fully accepted in traditional academic circles as accomplishments through "tenure track" i.e.
For lack of time, and because what happens when two Juarenses are left to talk about their life experiences in the U.S.?, we didn't get to talk about architecture and space. But the promise for a future recording of an episode where such topics are going to be discussed was made. From colonial architecture and its systems of oppression. Where does it come from? (not just Spain) and, What of it has prevailed in modern and contemporary architecture in Mexico?... and much more to come in a future episode.
Silencing the Past by Michael-Rolph Trouillot
Unsettling Journeys - Youtube Channel
Colombian group - Meridian Brothers
Album - Cumbia Siglo XXI
Colombiana by Niño de Elche
S1Ep10 - Eduardo Rega - Architectures of Refusal
In this episode, i talk to Eduardo Rega Calvo who's research and design work focus on architecture's capacity to translate, operate in, and contribute to insurgent social and political movements. Eduardo is an architect, urban designer, and researcher based in New York. He is a graduate architecture faculty at the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design, where he teaches history/theory seminars, design studios and runs a summer program in Colombia. His most recent project, Architectures of Refusal aims to compile an atlas of social mobilization against capitalism, colonialism, and human rights violations by uncovering their spatial manifestations, urbanism, and architectures. We talk about decolonizing, decolonization, and anticolonization strategies in architecture and teaching architecture. Eduardo talks to us about his projects of publishing and research, and how that relates to his teaching strategies and methodologies. We discuss grassroots organization based architecture, commonspoly as a method, and the white savior complex that reigns architecture practice.
Change the Wolrd Without Taking Power by John Holloway
The Rebel by Albert Camus
Parasite Directed by Bong Joon Ho
Shoplifters Directed by Hirokazo Koreeda
S1Ep09 - Luis Carranza - Relationships between social, literary, philosophical, and theoretical ideas and their impact on Latin American architecture and design
In this episode, I talk to Luis Carranza a researcher whose work focuses primarily on modern architecture and art in Latin America (with an emphasis on Mexico). His work emphasizes how the relationships between social, literary, philosophical, and theoretical ideas impact the conceptualization and materialization of architecture and design. Luis is an Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and Professor of Architecture and of Art and Architectural History at Roger Williams University in Bristol, Rhode Island. He obtained his B.Arch. at the University of Southern California and his PhD in Architectural History and Theory from Harvard University. He has published Architecture as Revolution: Episodes in the History of Modern Mexico (University of Texas Press, 2010) and Modern Architecture in Latin America: Art, Technology, Utopia (with Fernando Lara, University of Texas Press, 2015). We talked about writing history, researching, and doing archival work in Latin America and specifically in México, and how the culture of material conservation and access needs to change. We also discuss the work of women architects in Latin America and México, and how it hasn't been included in the narrative of modern architecture of the territory, its link to the archive culture, and the need to research and publication of those histories. We discussed teaching history of Latin America, the meaning of being modern in these territories, and how these courses are still on the margins of the narratives of modern architecture history. Luis told us about his courses, the material they produce, and why they are still considered non-western histories.
Vivienda y Ciudad - Wladimiro Acosta
Nice Try Podcast - With Avery Trufelman
The World as an Architectural Project by Gabriel Kozlowski, Hashim Sarkis, and Roi Salgueiro Barrio
Fantasma by Lisandro Alonso
Güeros by Alonso Ruizpalacios
S1Ep08 - Jose A Brunner - Border Phenomena
In this episode, I talk to Jose Brunner an Adjunct Professor for the Critical Ethnic Studies Program at the CCA, about his work on speculation, and practice in architecture. We talked about his research on the Border Phenomena that explores the anthropology of frontiers, and the agency of art and design at the boundary between nations. We discussed about what it is being a transborder citizen, and how this has informed his career and his teaching activities. We discussed how being from and at the border has a similar and familiar quality to queer identities, and Joey shared his perspective of having been grown in a binational and bicultural household. We talked about, how the border has changed through time and space, and how, for example experiencing 9/11 made a huge impact in border culture. We also talked about our interests in the border environment and how we study it and analyze it from diverse but similar perspectives. We also discussed about pedagogy, about the stories and histories that we teach, and encourage our students to tell.
Dreaming America: Voices of Undocumented Youth in Maximum Security Detention, Ed. by Seth Michelson.
Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present. Ed. by Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis, Mabel O. Wilson.
The 13th - Netlfix
Just Mercy - Prime Video
Midnight Gospel - Netflix
S1Ep07 - Sophie Hochhäusl - Spatial histories of dissidence, intersectional feminism, queer and gender theory, and studies.
In this episode, I talk to Sophie Hochhäusl an Assistant Professor for Architectural History and Theory at the Weitzman School of Design, about the discourse on collectivity, dissent, and difference in architecture. We also discuss her work on modern architecture and urban culture in Austria, Germany, and the United States and the spatial histories of dissidence and resistance art, intersectional feminism, queer theory, and gender studies, as well as labor theory and environmental history. In our discussion, we commented on how the borders or the margins are spaces were resistance occurs and how these are spaces for dissent. We also talked about teaching the cannon and how to change the narratives we perpetuate in the classrooms, and how other media like children's books, like her own Pinsel, Paula and the chatting houses: Viennese architecture for small and tall people, could be helpful tools to teach architecture.
Dark Times (Finstere Zeiten) By Elisabeth Freundlich
The City We Became. By N.K. Jemisin
Betty on HBO. A diverse group of young women navigate their lives through the male-dominated world of skateboarding in New York City. Starring Dede Lovelace, Moonbear, Nina Moran, Ajani Russell, and Rachelle Vinberg, from Crystal Moselle’s original film Skate Kitchen.
Euphoria on HBO, follows a group of high school students as they navigate love and friendships in a world of drugs, sex, trauma, and social media. Actor and singer Zendaya leads an ensemble cast including Hunter Schafer, Jacob Elordi, Algee Smith and Sydney Sweeney
S1Ep06-2 - Machely Flores - Forced disappearance, corruption in México and the United States. Sciences and Humanities for interdisciplinary development.
Recorded: June, 03. 2020. Part 2 of 2
In this second part of the episode with Machely Flores, we continue talking about forced disappearance and corruption in México and the United States. We talked about Black Lives Matter, the movement, and its relation to demands made in México by the mothers of disappeared people by the government in the state of Coahuila. We also talked about grassroots movements against social violence and the agency of citizens to reappropriate public space. We talked about Hamilton and the foundation of the US, the ideas behind it, and how as good as they were, they were not for everybody. We also talked about teaching history, western and non-western, feminist history, decolonial history, and other histories.
A History of Women in the West by Michelle Perrot
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Portrait of a Lady on Fire on Amazon Prime
The danger of a single story | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
El Dollop All things Comedy Podcast
Machely will be co-hosting with me every couple of months to do check-up episodes were we discuss current events.
S1Ep06-1 - Machely Flores - Forced disappearance, corruption in México and the United States. Sciences and Humanities for interdisciplinary development.
Recorded: June, 03. 2020. Part 1 of 2
In this first part of the episode with Machely Flores, we talked about forced disappearance and corruption in México and the United States. We talked about Black Lives Matter, the movement, and its relation to demands made in México by the mothers of disappeared people by the government in the state of Coahuila. We also talked about grassroots movements against social violence and the agency of citizens to reappropriate public space.
Machelly Flores Reyna
- Master in Public Administration from Tec de Monterrey and holds a Master’s in Political Ethics from the Universidad de Deusto in Bilbao Spain.
- She has been a professor in the social sciences department teaching World History, History of México, International Panorama, Contemporary Latin America, Society, Economy and Politics of México at Tec de Monterrey for more than 10 years.
- She held the professorship of Citizenship and Democracy at Tec de Monterrey and is currently a full-time research professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Coahuila’s School of Social Sciences where she teaches History of the United States history and History of political ideas.
- Machely was a visiting professor at Kempten University in Germany where she taught Ethics and Politics in México and also Political History of México.
- While serving as coordinator of special projects at the Municipal Planning Institute in Saltillo Coahuila she was responsible to developed the Municipal Risk Assessment Atlas in coordination with Tec de Monterrey Campus Monterrey’s Environmental Quality Laboratory
- Together with the National Electoral Institute, she developed the Certification in History of Democracy in México of which she was the speaker and academic coordinator.
- Machely is currently conducting research in Regional and International History in two projects: History of the populations of the Patos Basins and History of the United States.
- She is a PhD student in Sciences and Humanities for interdisciplinary development offered by the UAdeC in conjunction with the Centro de Investigaciones Interdisciplinarias en Ciencias y Huamnidades of UNAM.
Machely will be co-hosting with me every couple of months to do check-up episodes were we discuss current events.
S1Ep05 - Edna Ledesma - City design, markets, designing hybrid spaces, and human geography at the US/Mexico Border
The Uses of Disorder: Personal Identity and City Life by Richard Sennett
Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men by Caroline Criado Perez, Anna Sak (Translator)
Gentefied - Netflix
S1Ep04 - Paloma Vianey - Juárez es Fuerte
Liars by Malcon Gladwell
A bit of relief podcast
The New Yorker cartoons
Fleabag on Prime Video
S1Ep03 - Aldo Solano Rojas - Playgrounds of modern México & other public spaces
In this episode, I talk with Aldo Solano Rojas, a Mexican Art Historian and Ph.D. student from the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas at UNAM about his book on the Playgrounds of modern México, the public space, and the city. We also talked about centralism, the eternal fight between art historians and architectural historians and the the marginality of the history of urbanism, public spaces, and parks. We discussed figures like Luis Barragán, Mario Pani, and Jan Gehl among others.
Man and Play by Roger Callois
Netflix's Midnight Gospell
S1Ep02 - Elisheva Levy - Beyond Monogamous architecture; Rebellious homes for communism
In this episode I talk to Elisheva Levy, a Ph.D. candidate at UPenn, about heteronormative households, the concept of "home"? We question nuclear families' normality while delving into ideas of pre-modern and modern communist habitat (while dealing with Marxist's concepts of primitive communism). Ideology and the lack of it in capitalism remain a discussion during the whole conversation, while we also talk about the possibilities of change of the paradigms of communal living for the future.
Alexandra Kollontai - was a Marxist revolutionary, first as a member of the Mensheviks, then from 1915 on as a Bolshevik (later Communist). Serving as the People's Commissar for Welfare in the Bolshevik government in 1917–1918, she became the first woman in history to become an official member of a governing cabinet. In 1922 Kollontai was appointed as a diplomatic counselor to the Soviet legation in Norway, and soon received a promotion to head the legation, one of the first women to hold such a position.
S1Ep01 - Ali Alyousefi - Breaking the norm, in genre, format, and in form...
In this episode, I talk with Ali Alyousefi, a Ph.D. candidate at UPenn, about how literature, stories, poems, autobiographies, and other marginal texts are making a comeback to the field of History + Theory of Architecture. Concepts like Paul Preciado's "Autotheory" -Testo Junkie- that appears in texts like Argonauts and those discussed in feminist scholarship are touched upon. We discuss the state of the field and how the inclusion of these other genres is breaking the canon, making it more accessible to a broader public and hopefully more socially engaged.
Cities of Salt is the first in a five-part series of novels set in an unnamed kingdom in the Arabian Peninsula in the 1930s; published in Arabic (as Mudun al-mtfh: al-tih) in 1984, in English in 1987.
Netflix's Babylon Berlin