• Architectures of the South: Bruising, Remembering, Repairing
    Catalina Mejia Moreno & Huda Tayob

Felipe Arturo, Installation view of “Fibra Acelerada en el Vientre de la Muralla Aljibe 01,” 2022, Courtesy the artist

This project investigates architectural and spatial violence alongside acts of resistance and repair, with a particular focus on South Africa and Colombia. These two post-colonial states face high levels of urban, racialized, and gender-based violence. The scars and wounds of colonial and neocolonial extraction and dispossession are widely visible and experienced in landscapes and built environments. Building a methodological toolkit for a reparative approach to spatial theory and practice, this project situates the global South as an embodied location of knowledge and power. The toolkit consists of object-oriented conversations, collated as a podcast series involving spatial practitioners, artists, and architects from across southern territories. This lateral engagement aims to forge new conversations to build a relational, epistemic, and methodological intervention into architectural theory and practice.

Catalina Mejía Moreno is a spatial practitioner, educator, and researcher interested in practices of repair and resistance; environmental, racial, and spatial justice; feminist, and decolonial/anticolonial practices and thought. She is a senior lecturer in climate studies at the Spatial Practices Programme in Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, where she leads an interdisciplinary research and exchange platform that rethinks spatial practices and pedagogies through the lens of the biodiversity and climate crisis. She holds a master’s in architectural history from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University of the Arts London, and a doctorate in architectural theory and criticism from Newcastle University. She has been Andrew W. Mellon research Fellow at the Canadian Centre for Architecture and grant recipient from the Getty Research Institute and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Her work has been published in the Journal of Architectural Education, arq: Architectural Research Quarterly, Architectural Histories, and Harvard Design Magazine, amongst others.

Huda Tayob is a lecturer at the University of Manchester. She was the former History & Theory Programme Convener and coleader of Unit 18 at the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her doctoral research studied the spatial practices of African migrants and refugees in Cape Town, with a particular focus on mixed-use markets established and run by these populations and their wider trans-national connections. Her academic interests include a focus on minor and subaltern architectures and archival silences. Her recent publications include “Subaltern Architectures: Can Drawing ‘Tell’ a Different Story” (2018) and “Architecture-by-Migrants: The Porous Infrastructures of Bellville” (2019). She is cocurator of the open-access curriculum project RaceSpaceArchitecture.org and the Archive of Forgetfulness, a pan-African online exhibition and podcast series.