Charleston: Curating Exclusion

by Javier Ors-Ausin (MDes CC ’17), Dana McKinney (MArch/MUP ’17), Megan Mahala Echols (MUP ’16), Guan Min (MDes CC ’17), Euneika Rogers-Sipp (Loeb Fellow ‘16)

This research studied representations of power in the built environment. Charleston, SC served as our case study as a “Hegemonic Identity City”, where its built environment has become a tourist destination using the lens of white identity throughout time to construct the material character of the city’s history, largely excluding African Americans and their culture as the main narrative.