Students at the University of Texas will dive into a multidisciplinary and multimedia course that explores the spatial histories of migrant detention centers in Texas. Students will conduct primary field research on the history, siting, design, and use of migrant detention centers throughout the semester. Their field-research will culminate in photographs, site plans, drawings, maps/diagrams, and oral histories. The course will seek to engage with various actors that either produce these places, manage them, and/or organize on issues related to immigrant rights. The course is not only about the history, meaning, and theories behind “detention,” but also methods for studying the social and political implications of institutional built environments.
Sarah Lopez, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture