state:
Texas
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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 21, 2016

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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.

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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

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

Public Dialogues and Events
| October 5 – October 21, 2016

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Exhibition
Oct 5, 2016
University of Texas at Austin Exhibit Module

University of Texas at Austin Exhibit Module Credit: Chris Choi

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.read more…

Venue: 

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

Oct 10, 2016

Public Interactive Tag, 2016

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.read more…

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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