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Texas
Local history:
Spatial Stories of Migration and Detention
How does architecture shape punishment?
University of Texas at Austin
National Traveling Venue:
Mebane Gallery, University of Texas, Austin School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500, Austin, TX 78712-1009
October 5, 2016October 26, 2016

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 10, 2016, 1 pm - 4:30 pm
Mass Story Lab: Austin, Texas
Mebane Gallery, University of Texas, Austin School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500, Austin, TX, 78712

Texas: Spatial Stories of Migration and Detention
How does architecture shape punishment?
University of Texas at Austin

Texas has 26 detention centers, 5 prisons, and 2 county jails used to detain migrants in connection with immigration proceedings or immigration related crimes. The majority of these facilities have been built since 2005, when private prison corporations (building on post 9/11 immigration legislation) began heavily lobbying Congress. With more detention centers than any other state, Texas can imprison an estimated 34,767 migrants daily. Despite Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s mandate to “ensure the safety, privacy, and basic human rights of all detainees,” the architecture of detention tells a different story. The buildings’ geographic location, materials, and spatial organization, as well as migrants’ experiences detained, reveal how “administrative” detention punishes. Detention centers are located out of public view, and largely impervious to investigation—although taxpayers finance the buildings. This project unveils the architecture of detention and migrants’ experiences in detention centers by documenting where they are, what they are, and who they incarcerate.

Our Point of View

Graduate students from the School of Architecture and the Humanities who have never experienced detention or international migration learned about the complexities of migrant detention and the injustices taking place in Texas by engaging in two main strategies. First, we mapped the physical locations, architectural forms, and building history of detention centers. Second, people who had been held in detention centers created visual stories of their migration journeys and experiences in detention.

Texas: Spatial Stories of Migration and Detention    University of Texas at Austin
How does architecture shape punishment?
Texas: Spatial Stories of Migration and Detention
How does architecture shape punishment?
  University of Texas at Austin
Contribute a Story
Building Detention
Damning Design
Letters from Detained Women on Hunger Strike
Stories of Detention From the Road
Prefiero Estar en mi Casa (I Would Prefer to Be In My House)
Texas Detention Center Expansion since 1984
Crossing the Rio Grande
Children Detained - "I Would Rather Be In My House"
Voices from South Texas Detention Center
Once Released, Migrants Leave Texas
Mapping the Spaces of Texas Detention
Opinion Poll: Vote Now!
Where do you see the impact of mass incarceration? 
Shape the debate
Private Prison Prospectors Build and then Bail
Casa Marianella, a Humane Alternative
Navigating the Rio Grande (from the perspective of a Border Patrol boat)
A Glimpse of Family Detention at Karnes
Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Outsources Design
Material Environments
Hunger Strike in T. Don Hutto Detention Center
Identity and Subjectivity in Detention
Listen to Podcast
Contribute a Story
Building Detention
Private Prison Prospectors Build and then Bail
Stories of Detention From the Road
A Glimpse of Family Detention at Karnes
Crossing the Rio Grande
Hunger Strike in T. Don Hutto Detention Center
Once Released, Migrants Leave Texas
Mapping the Spaces of Texas Detention
Opinion Poll: Vote Now!
Where do you see the impact of mass incarceration? 
Shape the debate
Letters from Detained Women on Hunger Strike
Navigating the Rio Grande (from the perspective of a Border Patrol boat)
Texas Detention Center Expansion since 1984
Material Environments
Voices from South Texas Detention Center
Damning Design
Casa Marianella, a Humane Alternative
Prefiero Estar en mi Casa (I Would Prefer to Be In My House)
Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Outsources Design
Children Detained - "I Would Rather Be In My House"
Identity and Subjectivity in Detention
Listen to Podcast

National Exhibition Venue    Mebane Gallery, University of Texas, Austin School of Architecture

Public Dialogues and Events

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Exhibition
University of Texas at Austin Exhibit Module

University of Texas at Austin Exhibit Module Credit: Chris Choi

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
States of Incarceration Texas Opening
Description: 

Graduate students from the School of Architecture and the Humanities who have never experienced detention or international migration firsthand learned about the complexities of migrant detention and the injustices taking place in Texas by engaging in two main strategies. First, we mapped the physical locations, architectural forms, and building history of detention centers. Second, people who had been held in detention centers created visual stories of their migration journeys and experiences in detention.

Venue: 

The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500
Austin, TX 78712

Public Interactive Tag, 2016

Monday, October 10, 2016
Mass Story Lab: Austin, Texas
Description: 

What happens when you bring together storytelling, dialogue, and design? You get a Mass Story Lab, an interactive storytelling event that promotes community, creativity, and justice. In a Mass Story Lab the experiences of people directly impacted by mass incarceration become a catalyst for imagining a world beyond prisons.

About Mass Story Lab: Mass Story Lab travels to communities across the U.S providing a model for participatory storytelling that promotes community building, creativity, and justice. Each community choses a theme for their interactive lab. In Austin, TX we will use stories to explore the intersections between immigration detention and incarceration.

Time: 
1 PM to 4:30 PM
Venue: 

Mebane Gallery
University of Texas, Austin
School of Architecture
310 Inner Campus Drive B7500
Austin, TX 78712

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