Architecture of Counterrevolution: Samia Henni
In this lecture, Samia Henni will introduce and discuss the arguments of her book, Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (Zurich: gta Verlag, 2017). The book examines the roots and effects of French colonial spatial policies and military counterinsurgency operations in Algeria during the Algerian Revolution (1954–1962). During this bloody and protracted armed conflict, the French civil and military authorities designed and completed not only tactical destructions, but also new constructions to allow for the strict control of the Algerian population and the protection of the European communities of Algeria.
Henni’s study focuses on three interrelated spatial measures: the massive forced resettlement of Algerian populations; the mass-housing programs designed for the Algerian population as part of General Charles de Gaulle’s Plan de Constantine; and the fortified administrative new town planned for the protection of the French authorities during the last months of the Algerian Revolution.
About the speaker
Henni is an assistant professor of architecture at the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning. She received her PhD in the history and theory of architecture (with distinction) from the gta Institute, ETH Zurich. She is the author of Architecture of Counterrevolution: The French Army in Northern Algeria (gta Verlag, 2017) and the curator of Discreet Violence: Architecture and the French War in Algeria (2017-2018), Zurich, Rotterdam, Berlin, Johannesburg, Paris and Prague.
Henni has taught at Princeton University, ETH Zurich and Geneva University of Art and Design. Her teaching and research interests include the history and theory of the built environments in relation to colonialism, displacements, gender, race, religions and wars from the first European colonization to the present.
The lecture is cosponsored by the Department of Architecture, Department of Community and Regional Planning, Datum Student Journal of Architecture and College of Design.