Tall Tales: State Looks, Black Desire(s), Housing Schemes
Speaker: Ife Salema Vanable, Ph.D. Candidate, Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University
Tall Tales operates at a critical intersection of historical analysis, theoretical speculation, and a close reading of language and rhetoric as a way to interrogate how modes of architectural production are operative parts of the same project that has historically, and continues to mutate, to produce varying ideas about racial difference. Vanable presented the history of low-moderate income housing in the form of high-rise residential towers that were publicly funded and incentivized, but privately developed and managed.