The Funambulist Nº19

The Space of Ableism

SEPTEMBER – OCTOBER 2018

The Space of Ableism is the nineteenth issue of The Funambulist, which begins the fourth year of its existence as a magazine. This volume is dedicated to a political struggle that has been too seldom addressed throughout the pages of past issues and that nevertheless very much mobilizes “the politics of space and bodies” that The Funambulist proposes to discuss: the fight against ableism. Just like structural racism should be addressed through considerations about white supremacy, and homophobia through considerations about heteronormativity, we should not consider disabled bodies without the system that creates such a category in the first place, namely ableism. In other words, disability, as we understand it in this issue (and as some of us experience it) is not an anatomic, biological, or neurological condition but, rather, a political one. This issue proposes a historical and contemporary examination of eugenic state legislation and border control (Natalie Spagnuolo), personal relationships to the ableist public space (No AngerKengné Téguia), a report and a manual on how to instigate anti-ableist methodologies in architecture schools (Sarah GunawanJos Boys), a proposition for UNESCO to integrate the history of war and disabilities in its accessibility program (David Gissen), reflection on choreographic practices (Farah Saleh & Adrienne Hart), and two architecture student projects (Lucy SatzewichBrian Lee). The “News from the Fronts” section gives us updates of political struggles in Okinawa (Ayano Ginoza), the Grenfell Tower in London (Colin Prescod), Kanaky-New Caledonia (Nathalie Muchamad), and Leros Island (Beth Hughes & Platon Issaias).

IMPORTANT! Alongside this 19th issue, we are happy to treat all our print subscribers, as well as the first 100 people ordering this issue in its printing version online, with a limited-edition supplement entitled The Architecture of Sex: Three Case Studies Beyond the Panopticon,” by Paul B. Preciado.

Editor-in-Chief: Léopold Lambert
Editorial assistant: Tomi Laja & Ella Martin-Gachot
Contributing copy editor: Maxwell Donnewald, Noelle Geller, Ana Naomi de Sousa
Contributing translator: Chanelle Adams, Maxwell Donnewald

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COVER | SITE OF REVERSIBLE DESTINY YORO PARK BY ARAKAWA AND MADELINE GINS
Léopold Lambert (2018)

2 | REWEAVING HUMANITY IN THE FABRIC OF A MILITARIZED POSTCOLONIAL OKINAWA
Ayano Ginoza

4 | GRENFELL TOWER: WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE STATE GOES MISSING
Colin Prescod

6 | KANAKY-NEW CALEDONIA: A REFERENDUM AGAINST FRENCH SETTLER COLONIALISM
Nathalie Muchamad

8 | LEROS: ISLAND OF EXILE
Beth Hughes & Platon Issaias

10 | FROM THE BLOG: CASABLANCA 1952
Léopold Lambert

— MAIN /// THE SPACE OF ABLEISM
14 | INTRODUCTION

Léopold Lambert

16 | THE LEFT BEHIND OF THE LEFT BEHIND: FROM HUMAN WAREHOUSING TO BORDER CONTROL, LESSONS FROM A DISABILITY UNDERCLASS
Natalie Spagnuolo

22 | STARTING FROM “NEW NORMAL(S)”: NON-NORMATIVE DESIGN METHODOLOGIES IN ARCHITECTURE EDUCATION
Sarah Gunawan

28 | STROLLING INTO IMAGINARIES: WHEN THE CONSTITUTION OF SPACE PRODUCES DISABLED BODIES
No Anger

32 | THE DISORDINARY ARCHITECTURE PROJECT: A HANDY GUIDE FOR DOING DISABILITY DIFFERENTLY IN ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN DESIGN
Jos Boys

40 | ACCESSING THE RUINS OF THE RUINS: MONUMENTS, WAR, AND DISABILITIES
David Gissen

44 | COMING OUT AS A DEAF CYBORG: STRUGGLING TO CREATE NON-NORMATIVE IDENTITIES
Kengné Téguia

50 | MAKING GESTURES: A CONVERSATION ABOUT DANCE, BODIES, SPACE, AND ANTI-ABLEISM
Farah Saleh & Adrienne Hart

56 | STUDENTS: ASKING ≠ ACCESS: MAP OF (NON-)ACCESSIBILITY IN THE FRENCH QUARTER, NEW ORLEANS
Lucy Satzewich

58 | STUDENTS: HYPERTACTILE HOUSE
Brian Lee

LIMITED EDITION PRINT SUPPLEMENT (16 pages) | THE ARCHITECTURE OF SEX: THREE CASE STUDIES BEYOND THE PANOPTICON
Paul B. Preciado


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