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The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition - Launch/Conversation

21 September 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Organized by: Terreform
Venue: Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York

To date, dozens of political histories, participant autobiographies, journalistic accounts, and academic investigations have addressed the many aspects of the War on Terror. (UR) Urban Research’s latest book, Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition by architectural researcher and educator Jordan H. Carver, adds to the national conversation and reckoning with torture by providing an in-depth analysis of the US’s secret network of black site prisons as a project of architectural production.


From the book’s introduction by architectural historian and theorist Felicity D. Scott: “Reflecting back on this recent history of violence through a critical architectural lens, Carver articulates a compelling conceptual and evidentiary terrain and an ethico-political framework through which to return not just to the war in Iraq but also to that in Afghanistan and the even more nebulous War on Terror.”


On September 21st, the Center for Architecture welcomes Carver for a conversation with Laura Pitter, Senior National Security Counsel, Human Rights Watch and Amrit Singh, Open Society Justice Initiative. The conversation will be moderated by Reinhold Martin, Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP.



Jordan H. Carver, Author, Spaces of Disappearance: Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition 


Laura Pitter, Senior National Security Counsel, Human Rights Watch – US Program


Amrit Singh, Head, Accountability, Liberty & Transparency Cluster, Open Society Justice Initiative


Deen Sharp, Co-Director, Terreform


Moderator:Reinhold Martin, Professor of Architecture, Columbia GSAPP


UR (Urban Research), the imprint of Terreform, publishes progressive books about cities and their futures. 


Open to the public. Free for students with valid ID. Registration required.