Colonial contact and influence has shaped the contours, ambitions, and practices of the various fields of design and planning. It has favored the reduction of differences while undermining the asymmetries between centers and peripheries. To query and counter colonial entrenchments within design practices in places that are either developed or developing, this group asks: How might postcolonial and decolonial theory help us expose, analyze, and remediate the colonial inheritances of design theory and practice?

‘Design’ is defined broadly in order to break down disciplinary and institutional jurisdictions while tackling various scales and forms of knowledge practices in the shaping of material worlds. 

Funded by the Institute of Arts and Humanities, UC-San Diego

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Akshita Sivakumar (co-organizer)
Verónica Uribe A. (co-organizer)
Lilly Irani (faculty sponsor)
Patrícia Martins Marcos 
Sam Gaffney
Paula Santa Rosa Siqueira Mendes
Yelena Gluzman
Jonathan Walton
Teresa Naval
Marwa Abdalla
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