City, Space, Power - Lahores Architecture of In/Security
The Department of Humanities & Social Sciences presents:
City, Space, Power – Lahore's Architecture of In/Security
A lecture by Sadia Shirazi
Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012
Time: 6 pm
Venue: Auditorium 10-404, SSE Building
The speaker will talk about Lahore's securitized zones and the way power inscribes itself in urban space through architecture and planning measures. Lahore, today, is dominated by the presence of objects (barriers, gates, checkpoints, walls) and processes that are effectively shrinking civic spaces and encroaching further and further upon the rights of citizens, which is legitimized through a discourse of in/security.
Considering the city as both a physical site and imaginary construct, Sadia will also look at the relationship between visual representation and our image of the city. She will look at how mapping can be used as as a tool to visualize the way in which the securitization of Lahore manifests itself spatially. New means of representation can create new images of the city and Sadia hopes that these new representations provoke and challenge us to reconsider and ultimately transform the relationship that this city's inhabitants have to space and power.
About the Speaker
Sadia Shirazi is an architect, educator and curator working at the intersection of art, architecture and spatial praxis. She is currently a visiting faculty at National College of Arts teaching an urban workshop that takes as its subject the city, space, and power in Lahore. Over the past five years, Shirazi has been engaged in a transdisciplinary practice investigating the relationship of art, architecture and urbanism to socio-political issues, cultural and historical memory, and exhibition practices. She has curated exhibitions and public programming at The Kitchen in New York City, at The Drawing Room in Lahore, and at MIT.
Shiraziʼs essays, articles, and design work have been published online and in various magazines and journals, including Thresholds, Bidoun, and AU Arquitetura e Urbanismo. She was editor of Thresholds 33, a peer-reviewed journal of architecture, art, and media culture. She has worked in architectural practices in Cambridge, Cairo, and Chicago, for artists Kyrzstof Wodizcko and Andrea Geyer in New York and taught or lectured at MIT, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Parsonʼs The New School, The Cooper Union, National College of Arts, and Beaconhouse National University. Her research has been supported by grants from the Architecture League of New York, the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the MIT Council of the Arts. Shirazi holds a MArch degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.), a BA from the University of Chicago and is a former curatorial fellow of the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
In 2012, she was named as one of the 100 Women Who Matter by Newsweek Pakistan.