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The Pedagogy of Naming
Samia Henni
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To teach, historicize, theorize, speak, and write about architecture—or the built, destroyed, and imagined environments—one uses language. Be it Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and so on, every given language embodies a set of letters, symbols, phonetics, references, rules, and histories. However, the dominant practices of naming cities, streets, and buildings, defining categories and labeling concepts, classifying environments and populations, framing ages, identifying values, and citing knowledge still obey colonial protocols and imperial registers.

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