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/Abya Yala/The Americas, 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

—SCCP at Homes on Fields, Harvard GSD
—SCCP at Urgent Pedagogies
—SCCP at Architecture Beyond Capitalism
—SCCP in PIN–UP 30: Legacy
—SCCP in the Architect’s Newspaper
—SCCP at PPEH on the Petro-Biennial Complex
—Unsettled Lands: Architecture, History, Pedagogy
—Conversations on Care at MIT
—SCCP at Chicago Public School Grade 7
—RCA: Co-liberation
SCCP at Art Gallery of Alberta
—SCCP at LSA Magazine
—Press on the Chicago Architecture Biennial


The Settler Colonial Present

The Settler Colonial Present is a collaboration between the Settler Colonial City Project and e-flux Architecture, featuring contributions by Anita Bakshi, Andrea Carlson (Ojibwe) and Rozalinda Borcilă, Eliseo Huencho (Mapuche), Paulo Tavares, and K. Wayne Yang, as well as statements by Jonathan Cordero (Ramaytush Ohlone), John N. Low (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians), Shalini Agrawal and Shylah Hamilton, Kanyon Sayers-Roods (Costanoan Ohlone and Chumash), Mark Jarzombek, and the Sogorea Te’ Land Trust. Exploring architecture’s constitutive relationship to settler colonialism in the Americas, contributions reflect on spatial violence in Anishinaabe, Karajá, Kumeyaay, Ramapough, Mapuche, Aymara, and Ohlone territories, as well as the ways in which the peoples of these lands have resisted and contested this violence.

Andrew Herscher and Ana María León, Editorial
SCCP, “You are Looking at Unceded Land,” installation at the CCC 2019 CAB.

Andrea Carlson and Rozalinda Borcilă, “
Sitting Bull’s Log Cabin and Settler Commons in Chicago”
Cabinet card of Sitting Bull’s Cabin at Standing Rock, South Dakota, c.1890. Source: Jeffrey Kraus Antique Photographics.

Paulo Tavares, “Brasília: Colonial Capital”

“First Mass in Brasília”, May 3, 1957, altar designed by Oscar Niemeyer (Arquivo Público DF).

K. Wayne Yang, “Sustainability as Plantation Logic, Or, Who Builds an Architecture of Freedom?”
Simone Leigh with Brick House (in production), a High Line Plinth commission. Photo by Timothy Schenck, 2018, courtesy of the High Line.

Anita Bakshi, “Contaminated Representations”
A studio site visit to Ringwood. Project partner Dr. Chuck Stead uses a map to explain topography and environmental conditions to students.

Eliseo Huencho, “Indigenous Architectural Guides in Chile”
Sketch for Trawupeyüm Intercultural Village, 2002–2004. Photo courtesy of Eliseo Huencho.

“On This Land, A Cultural Site”
Fernando Marti, On Indigenous Land, 2018. Image courtesy of Sogorea Te’ Land Trust.