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The Itinerant Architect:
Toward a Land-based Architecture Practice
Jacob Mans and Thomas Fisher
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Modern architectural practice, and its engagement with the environment, perpetuates an ongoing colonial narrative that positions the colonizers (i.e., those aligned with hegemonic power structures who have historically seized and laid claim to foreign and indigenous lands) as external agents divined to manage the commercial production and extraction of resources from colonially acquired property.Footnote1 This is the basis of modernism, and by extension modern architectural practice.Footnote2 Decisions over land protection, preservation, restoration, and/or exploitation are almost exclusively performed in the interest of colonial agents and in alignment with colonial values and relationships to the land (i.e., property ownership).Footnote3 Design performed within this context is a colonializing act that perpetuates a colonialist agenda.

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