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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Internal resources:

Group Zotero repository of readings
To be added to the joint pool of readings, please email asivakum[at]ucsd[dot]edu

External resources (not affiliates, but sources of inspiration)

Recursive Colonialism
Recursive Colonialism is a project by the Critical Computational Bureau that serves as a “virtual space for improper thinking and alien recombinations.” Organized by Luciana Parisi, Ezekiel Dixon-Román, Tiziana Terranova, Oana Pârvan, and Brian D’Aquino

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Course taught by Ahmed Ansari,
Industry Assistant Professor. NYU

Decolonial Atlas
Project by Jordan Engel that confronts settler colonialism’s manifestations in cartography