Two Sam Fox School students, Abraham Diaz and Bob Peniel Inapanuri, were selected to be part of the 2022 cohort of Divided City Graduate Summer Research Fellows. The program is a collaboration between The Center for the Humanities and the College of Architecture and Graduate School of Architecture and Urban Design, and it supports research on urban segregation.
For his project, “Affirmative Abolitionist Architecture: Dissolving Carceral Geographies Through Trauma-informed Design,” Abraham Diaz will document and analyze the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) interior checkpoint there. Diaz aims to substantiate the claim that carceral geographies–the places that make up the prison industrial complex–extend far beyond the formal parameters of prisons, border walls, and detention centers, and that trauma-informed design is a necessary and urgent antithesis to these places.
Bob Peniel Inapanuri will engage with the twin myths that urban Indians insist that caste is either dead or dying and that forces of modernization and globalization are fostering a climate of meritocracy. His research project, “Spatialization of caste hierarchy in Indian Cities” compares photographic evidence of impact of caste hierarchy and caste identities on the built environment. He will investigate the aspects of present-day housing and the related built environment in the Dalit neighborhoods.