DECOLONIZING DESIGN examines relationships between imperialism, colonialism, and today’s built environment, proposing ways to challenge the continuing power imbalance between places, people, and ideas. Topics include British resource extraction and the resulting capital flows and architectures produced; links between colonialism and climate change; and decolonizing teaching methods for architecture history and theory.

Publications: Dharwadker, A. “A Reading List for the End of Architecture.” Dialectic VII: Architecture and Citizenship—Decolonizing Architectural Pedagogy (ORO Editions, forthcoming Fall 2019).

Design work: “Native Citizenship,” Form N-X00: New Forms for Citizenship, Dimensions of Citizenship online exhibition (2018).

The American opioid epidemic has expanded to new geographies and populations in the past decade, affecting not only dense urban centers but also dispersed rural regions. The reasons for this are numerous and interlinked, ranging from under-funded rural hospitals to shrinking local economies, declining environmental quality, and expanding pharmaceutical and black-market drug networks. This project argues that design is a highly impactful (but currently under-explored) method for mitigating the effects of opioid abuse.

“Landscapes of Dependence,” a recent studio design course in the Department of Landscape Architecture, explored how landscape design could affect both rehabilitation and prevention. The results of the course are compiled into an online manifesto, The Declaration of Dependence.

Presentations: “Landscapes of Dependence.” A Millennial Manifesto: How Millennials Will Save the World, American Society of Landscape Architects Illinois Chapter, Chicago, IL (August 2018). “The Opioid Epidemic and the Built Environment.” Extension School Annual Conference, University of Illinois, Champaign, IL (November 2018).

Press: Mortice, Z. “Labyrinths of Dependence.” Landscape Architecture Magazine (12 June 2018).