September, 2021


Felipe Hernandez

Managing Editor

Table of Contents 

Foreword | Five Radical Frameworks for Decolonizing the Spatial History of the Americas , FERNANDO LUIZ LARA 

PART I Decolonizing Time 
Moorish Roots in Latin American Architecture, FERNANDO LUIS MARTÍNEZ NESPRAL 
Towards an Architectural History of the Native Southwest, PATRICK HAUGHEY 
Decolonizing Brutalism (Or, Everything You Know is Flawed), RUTH VERDE ZEIN 
No Small Debt: Managing Brazilian Modernism at MoMA in 1949, PATRICIO DEL REAL 
Marina Waisman and the “Decentering of the Discipline,” LOUISE NOELLE 

PART II Decolonizing Space 
Decolonizing the Spatial Histories of the Americas, CLARA IRAZÁBAL-ZURITA 
Postwar Connections and Transatlantic Encounters: the Mozambique-Brazil-Portugal Triangle, ELISA DAINESE 
Afro-Brazilian Lenses: Quilombo Urbanism in Rio De Janeiro’s Pequena África, ANA G. OZAKI 
Colombian Lenses: Housing the Low-Income Population in Colombia 
through the Instituto de Crédito Territorial, VICTORIA EUGENIA SÁNCHEZ HOLGUÍN 
Questioning the Narrative: Cárdenas, Michoacán, and Post-Revolutionary Architecture, CATHERINE R. ETTINGER 

PART III Reflections on the 2020 Colloquium at The University of Texas at Austin 
The Silent Stories: Architecture and Heritage in Nation-Building Processes, BARBARA CORTIZO DE AGUIAR 
History of Architecture or History of the Built Environment?—Borrowing From Other Disciplines to Decolonize Space in the Americas, ERNESTO BILBAO 
Tracing Connectivities: Decentering the Gaze, IRINA RIVERO 

Afterword | Decolonizing Architectural History as an Ethical Responsibility 

Author Biographies 

This publication focuses on the historiographic debates, erasures, and biases in the ways we construct our disciplinary narratives, and proposes ways to challenge them. If we are to raise the understanding of the American built environment to the level at which we discuss Europe architecture, we need American concepts and American frameworks. Not that we should forget Western knowledge, but we must acknowledge it is insufficient. The urgency of decolonizing architecture goes beyond challenging the Eurocentric narrative or fighting for more diversity in the ranks of the profession. It entails designing a whole new pluriverse, envisioning spaces and objects that will foster the best in all of us. This book presents a few of those visions and constitutes a humble step in the direction of a pluriverse.

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photo of Fernando Lara

Fernando Lara