¿Independencia o xenofobia? La arquitectura y las paradojas de la descolonización

Translated title of the contribution: Independence or Xenophobia?: Architecture and the paradoxes of decolonization

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The act of decolonizing can have quite different meanings, depending on the definition of the term colony used. In architecture, so-called decolonial studies suggest an opening towards new forms of knowledge. On the other hand, those who practice said studies often fall into different forms of determinism, which end up hindering that potential. Having identified notable contradictions in their formulation, in this article we suggest empirical, epistemological and methodological alternatives to decolonial studies, coming from two recent approaches, to architecture that could solve several problematic aspects observed in the decolonizing project.
Translated title of the contributionIndependence or Xenophobia?: Architecture and the paradoxes of decolonization
Original languageSpanish
Pages (from-to)46 - 53
Number of pages8
Issue number36
Publication statusPublished - 2023


  • determinism
  • architectural historiography
  • structure and agency
  • epistemology
  • postmodernism
  • critical theory


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