Tag Archives: Indian Residential Schools

Architectures of (De)Colonization

Follow the Grand River towards Lake Erie and you will find a bend in its waters encircling a significant place. From a nearby street, you can glimpse the building down a long driveway flanked by trees. The approach is leafy, and only upon emerging at its entrance is its grandiosity fully revealed: symmetry, neoclassical features,…

From Instrument to Evidence: Selections from an archive of assimilation

The documentary remnants of these projects, built and unbuilt, locate these building typologies within the colonial agenda: whether carried out on the reserves to displace traditional ways of living on the land, or off the reserves, in the case of residential schools that were intended to indoctrinate children into Euro-Canadian customs. Continue reading in ARPA…

Claiming Remnants: Intergenerational Representations and the Vicarious Pasts of Indian Residential Schools

A similar negotiation emerges between the “testimonial” art of IRS survivors and the work of those portraying residential schools “vicariously,” though it is difficult to draw a hard and fast line between these two modes when considering the intergenerational impacts of the IRS system. […] Negating the idea of pre-existing, fixed space, these artists continue the…

FORM + FLUX Student Exhibition – Design at Riverside

This year’s Waterloo Architecture student exhibition, FORM + FLUX, will run April 20 to May 16, 2015 at Design at Riverside and feature work from undergraduate and graduate students produced in the last year. I’m happy to be showing a poster based on my Master of Architecture thesis, “‘Don’t Let Fear Take Over’: The Space and Memory of Indian…

Master of Architecture Thesis: “Don’t Let Fear Take Over”: The Space and Memory of Indian Residential Schools

The Indian Residential School (IRS) system in Canada directly affected 150,000 Indigenous children who were taken to state-sponsored and church-run institutions to separate them from their families and cultures. During the century and a half leading up to around 1970, over 130 IRS were scattered throughout the country. The role of architecture in this genocidal…