The Settler Colonial City Project is a research collective focused on the collaborative production of knowledge about cities on Turtle Island/Abya Yala/The Americas as spaces of ongoing settler colonialism, Indigenous survivance, and struggles for decolonization.
The concept of “settler colonialism” has recently emerged as a name for a distinctive form of colonialism that develops in places where settlers permanently reside and assert sovereignty. While the settler colonial dimensions of American cities have been centered in contemporary urban activism, these dimensions have been, at best, only tentatively explored in contemporary architectural and urban studies. Investigating the settler colonial history and contemporaneity of cities on Turtle Island/North America (and similar examples beyond), we aim to foreground Indigenous knowledge of and politics around land, life, and collective futures, as well as settler colonialism as an unmarked structure for the distribution of land, possibilities of life, and imagination of those futures.

2019 Chicago Architecture Biennial, Chicago
American Indian Center, Chicago

—Mapping Chicagou/Chicago
—Decolonizing the Chicago Cultural Center
—The Petro-Biennial Complex
At the Border of Decolonization
—The Settler Colonial Present

—Press on the Chicago Architecture Biennial
—SCCP at LSA Magazine
SCCP at Art Gallery of Alberta
—RCA: Co-liberation
—SCCP at Chicago Public School Grade 7


SCCP at Chicago Public School Grade 7

SCCP’s installation, You Are Looking At Unceded Land, was incorporated into the social studies lesson plan for Chicago Public Schools Grade 7 by McGraw Hill. Our work is now part of the chapter titled “Engage and Connect: Unceded Land,” in United States History: Building America and the American Identity, Online Student Edition by Appleby, Brinkley, et al (McGraw Hill School Group, 2020).