Worldmakers Unite! A Post-Colonial Guide to Loudreaders
In “Worldmakers Unite! A Post-Colonial Guide to Loudreaders,” architecture associate professors Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski will explore the work of several experimental platforms of post-colonial architectural discourse and networks of solidarity in unprecedented times.
Garcia and Frankowski are co-founders of WAI Architecture Think Tank, a planetary studio questioning the political, historical and material legacy and imperatives of architecture and urbanism. Founded in Brussels in 2008, WAI is one of their several public-engagement platforms that include Beijing-based anti-profit art space Intelligentsia Gallery and the free, alternative education platform and trade school Loudreaders. Garcia and Frankowski’s work has been part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art New York, Neues Museum in Nuremberg and the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology Lisbon.
They are the authors of Narrative Architecture: A Kynical Manifesto (nai010 Publishers, 2020), Pure Hardcore Icons: A Manifesto in Pure Form in Architecture (Artifice Books on Architecture, 2013 / China Architecture and Building Press, 2021), A Manual of Anti-Racist Architecture Education (Loudreaders) and the forthcoming From Black Square to Black Reason: A Post-Colonial Architecture Manifesto.
Garcia and Frankowski’s lecture will be followed by the opening of the “The Planetary Wretched in a Room of Loudreaders,” an exhibition in Gallery 181 on the first floor of the College of Design.