Highway Stories: Infrastructure as a Method to Resist Scalability and Linearity

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Zannah Mae Matson, University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment Faculty Fellow in Design for Spatial Justice; Visiting Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture.

Focused on research into Colombia’s Marginal de la Selva, this talk explores themes of coloniality, the representation of landscapes of extended urbanization, and infrastructures of counterinsurgency to offer insights into how designers can read the spatial imprints of power within the landscape. The methods and research presented examine how centering the study of infrastructure in spatial research and design work can be a way to understand how power operates unevenly at different spatial scales and unexpectedly across messy temporal dimensions. Considered visually, the representation of infrastructural landscapes will be further discussed as a significant site of powerful narratives that are told and untold through contested visuality.

The event is free and open to the public. Light food and refreshments provided.

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November 19, 2019 5:30 pm
November 19, 2019 6:30 pm


University of Oregon School of Architecture
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