ECS 405 / ARC 410 / ART 405

Architectural Colonialities: Building European Power across the Globe

Spyros Papapetros and Vajdon Sohaili

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Entwined with power and capital, architecture is inseparable from coloniality. In colonized lands, architecture concretized the European claim and facilitated systems of domination. But coloniality also influenced architecture of the metropole and catalyzed the international expansion of modernization. Tracing various phases of coloniality–from bureaucratic colonialism to postcolonial recovery–and scales of architectural design–climate, city, monument, and ornament–the course interrogates sites where European architecture colluded with colonial power, and reflects on the resistances that condition its legacy in colonialist expansion.

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