Spatial Concepts for Decolonizing the Americas

Spatial Concepts for Decolonizing the Americas

This collection of essays presents an innovative and provocative set of concepts to understand the spaces of the Americas through local lenses. The disciplines of architecture, urban design, landscape, and planning share the fundamental belief that space and place matter; however, the overwhelming majority of canonical knowledge in these fields originates in another continent and is external to the lived experience in such regions. The book introduces seven new concepts that have not been sufficiently addressed, and would make a significant contribution to the field: namely, gridded spaces; spaces of agriculture; space as image; watered spaces; spaces as labor; racialized spaces; and gendered spaces. This book, thus, introduces a broader conceptual framework to foster the analysis of the spatial histories of the Americas.


Fernando Luiz Lara holds the R.G. Roessner Centennial Professorship at the University of Texas at Austin, where he served as Chair of the Brazil Center at the Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (2012-2015), and as the Director of the PhD Program in Architecture (since 2018). His latest books are Excepcionalidad del Modernismo Brasileño (2019) and Modern Architecture in Latin America (with L. Carranza, 2015).

Felipe Hernández teaches at the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, where he serves as Director of the Centre for Latin America Studies and as Director of Studies at King’s College. He is the author of two books, Beyond Modernist Masters (2009) and Bhabha for Architects (2010), and the editor of Transculturations (2005), Rethinking the Informal City (2010), and Marginal Urbanism (2017).

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ISBN: 1-5275-7387-7

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-7387-1

Release Date: 1st January 2022

Pages: 196

Price: £58.99