MAS Context Fall Talks 2020: Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari

Architects Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari, guest editors of our upcoming issue Vigilantism, will lecture on Thursday, November 12, as part of MAS Context’s 2020 Fall Talks series.

Architectures of vigilantism

In issue 33 of MAS Context, Germane Barnes, Shawhin Roudbari, and a cohort of contributors explore ways that space and design condition, encourage, and express acts of vigilantism. Encounters where citizens police one another along racialized, gendered, and classed lines are a characteristic of everyday life in the US. Aggressors accost, resistors assert, and witnesses evaluate the presence of bodies in space. Can designers, architects, and urbanists address vigilantism? The contributors to the forthcoming issue of MAS Context bring nuance and insight to this question.

Guest editors Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari articulate problems of race and space in the US in their respective practices. In his work, Germane investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency from within the profession as well as cultural and ethnic studies, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. Complementary to this, Shawhin strives to bridge the chasm between sociological and architectural theories of race and racism. Sociological studies of racism address space well, but stop short of the architectural scale. Architectural studies of racism, in turn, struggle to acknowledge institutional forces of racism. Germane and Shawhin will share theoretical and visual progress in their respective and collaborative work.

White hegemony. © Collage by Ana Colon Quiñones. Courtesy of the authors.
12 November 2020, 18:00
Online Event
MAS Context