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

On Permanence | Impermanence: Transient architecture for housing relief in informal settlements?

On matters of permanence and impermanence, many sub topics come to mind. The permanence of the overpowering dictation of modern thinking in its objective to build structures that aim to remain for as long as possible (which then gets us thinking about the vanity of the “Architect” and immortality through remembrance). Then there is the … 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

Afro-futurism (Space is the Place) | Afro-Futurism: an approach to African development

Afro-futurism is not what we commonly (mis)perceive as the notion of “futuristic” black science fiction. It an ever-present projection of an imagination of possible futures beyond the realms of the existing world we occupy today. Afro-futurism is far from a representation of purely fictional adventures. It is a way of thinking and an imagination that … Read more

Contemporary African Diaspora: a networked tissue sustaining the body of African knowledge(s)

I often smile at strangers during commutes on the bus, tram and train. It is also no misconception that Switzerland feels like an unfriendly place, and I say this with a bit of a chuckle, when thinking about the endless blank stares I’ve received in return for my friendly smiles. I’ve explored many thoughts along … 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