Jana Cephas is a designer and researcher focusing on the relationships between urban landscapes and emergent subjectivities. Her scholarship fuses critical theory, cultural history, and science and technology studies to reveal the social implications of spatial practices, especially as they relate to the intersections of technology, the body, and the social stratifications of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Jana’s recent publications include “Agricultural Urbanism in Detroit,” which examines the changing meaning of urbanism in the after city, and “Citing Sites,” an essay exploring the parallel construction of the biographical narrative and the life histories of cities. Her projects seek to recover the latent and as of yet invisible knowledges transmitted through both critical and ordinary spatial practices—knowledges that may have been left unwritten in texts but can be read through the bodies and buildings of urban environments. Jana’s urban design work builds upon these themes by integrating scholarship and practice to produce innovative and lively urban spaces, such as the St. Joseph Rebuild Center, a disaster recovery center in New Orleans that was awarded a 2009 Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence and the 2009 NCARB Prize for the Creative Integration of Practice and Education.

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