Review of Cheryl Cowdy, Canadian Suburban: Reimagining Space and Place in Postwar English Canadian Fiction (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2022)
Under the theme “Man and His World,” Expo 67 dazzled over 50 million visitors with 90 pavilions showcasing feats of technology and displays by 60 participating nations. But the late 1960s was a time of great social change, and not all corners of Expo shared in the prevailing mood of optimism.
The overlapping geographical, legal, and urban conditions of Burrard Inlet, in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, form part of what might be called the scale of the reserve.
Writing about modernism in colonial contexts, Gwendolyn Wright proposes that “the physical environment became a strategy for enforcing common values while maintaining difference within a conjoint modern world.” In Canada, little else exemplifies this statement so strongly as the century-long experiment known as residential schools.
Review of Joanna-Gierak Onoszko, 27 śmierci Toby’ego Obeda [The 27 Deaths of Toby Obed] (Warsaw: Dowody na istnienie, 2019)
Domestic spaces have long served as sites of encounter between Indigenous Peoples and colonial powers. Under colonial conditions, the home can become a refuge, but also a site of oppressive state intervention in the most intimate details of daily life.
Review of Irene Cheng, Charles L. Davis II, and Mabel O. Wilson, eds., Race and Modern Architecture: A Critical History from the Enlightenment to the Present (Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 2020)
We spent six hours a week in our first term learning about the Holocaust from one of the world’s foremost experts on Auschwitz, even as a powerfully tangible reminder of Canada’s own genocidal history stood, silently, a half-hour away. I’d visited Auschwitz, or Oswięcim, as it’s known in Polish, the summer before starting university. It wouldn’t be until graduate school that I would walk through the doors of the Mohawk Institute.
This exhibition at the Canadian Centre for Architecture proposes a timely rereading of postmodernism that moves beyond the period’s self-generated theories, stylistic commonplaces, and images.
Wherein we discuss a complete re-enchantment with technology and the “laboratory,” and how scientists have been working as pseudo-architects all along.