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Visual & Media Cultures Colloquium—Kelema Moses

In Sharp Focus: Architecture and Design in Kaka‘ako, Hawai'i
Wed Oct 20, 2021, 4:00pm
online event

Professor Kelema Moses presents a talk, "In Sharp Focus: Architecture and Design in Kaka‘ako, Hawai'i," as part of the Visual and Media Cultures Colloquia (VMCC) series. 

Architects and planners utilize building codes, zoning ordinances, and urban growth models to create spatial narratives of exposure and erasure on native geographies. Well-established research by Tina Grandinetti, and others, indicates that urban planning in Kaka‘ako engages a neoliberal agenda rooted in settler colonialism where the convergence of capital from state and private enterprises has resulted in a building boom, exacerbating housing inequalities and skirting the climate crisis. This presentation interrogates the architectural footprint of housing projects and energy infrastructure in Kaka‘ako, visual edifices that physically mark the land while in (passive) dialogue with ecosystems and restorative lifeways forged by Kānaka Maoli for generations.

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Kelema Lee Moses, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of urban studies and planning at the University of California, San Diego. Her teaching and research combine historical perspectives with discussions about critical contemporary issues related to the built environment of the United States and the Pacific.

The annual Visual and Media Cultures Colloquia (VMCC) at UC Santa Cruz are a collaboration between the graduate programs in Film and Digital Media Department and Visual Studies in the History of Art and Visual Culture Department. The series brings an array of cutting-edge scholars to speak on a broad spectrum of subjects.