The Anti—White Space
New York, NY
The presence of privilege in space puts pressure on people of color to defend their conflicting identities within it. We see the ideologies put forth by privileged white architects, who haven't had their identities challenged by space, and we accept it as the universal. White is the default. White is the normal. All outside it is questionable, more thoroughly vetted, and suppressed. It is unfair to force us to reconfigure our identities to cater to the white state of mind, to be able to relate to white issues, and not feel a reciprocation. This manifesto looks at the direction of contemporary architecture through the critical lens of the anti-white space; a space that removes the ideology of whiteness that is ingrained in practice and pedagogy.