THE BIENNALIZATION OF A PERIPHERY OF THE GLOBAL SOUTH

SAH 2021 Annual International Conference

Montréal, Québec, Canada | April 14–18

My intervention is concerned with spaces of circulating knowledge about architecture and planning projects in the urban peripheries of the global South. I investigate the set of epistemologies that transcend São Paulo’s case to connect it to global flows of architectural knowledge production. Ways of seeing, knowing, and representing a “global” poor and the peripheries as “informal” settlements that shape these nomadic ideas rely on a set of global values often decontextualized from where they produce effects. Through multi-sited ethnographies with administrators, planners, architects, and curators, and the analysis of architectural drawings, Biennale catalogs, and official reports, I investigate the contact spaces of IABR and the role of São Paulo’s peripheries in generalizing architecture practices and urban models.