Immigration, Immigration Part 1 | Audacity.

Today’s article is derived from an experience that the author encountered. Prelude. On lived experience as a criterion of meaning… “For most African-(American) women those individuals who have lived through the experiences about which they claim to be experts are more believable and credible than those who have merely read or thought about such experience. … Read more

FOTW | Koda®K (too dark), on Colourism and (un)captured space

*Shirley cards, named after a former Kodak studio model, were images used as the standard for colour calibration in photo labs all over the world. To colour match “Shirley’s” skin tone was to achieve a “normal” colour balance, a setting that was applied to everyone’s film, regardless of skin colour (Ali, 2015) Today’s Fruit of … Read more

(un)collective memory: Where there is life (in between Joburg)

Today’s theme is born out of an exploration of the mutual and contradicting strings that we find in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. The city of gold? The dark city? The hustle city? My city? Your city? Our city. After having experienced a copious amount of time in Cape Town, catapulting from Johannesburg in … Read more

The Capacity of Critique in a Colonial Knowledge Validating Cannon

Today’s theme is one that has been discussed before in a different context, and a revisit is essential for us to learn more about: validation, authorship and audacity, particularly in the realm of critique. We look to Denise Scott-Brown who remains one of the most prolific critics of planning and architecture from the 60s onwards, … Read more

Dead Fish on the Beach: The Problem with “Women in Architecture”

Today’s Matri-Archi post speaks to the complex overlay of gender and racial issues that have made architectural practice a hegemonic space. The post takes particular concern with “Women in Architecture” as a spectacle in today’s industry; an industry that in fact has an apparent and palpable lack there of.  In order to explain this complex … Read more