Inhabiting Displacement: Architecture and Authorship Shahd Seethaler-Wari, Somayeh Chitchian and Maja Momić


Inhabiting Displacement: Architecture and Authorship, edited by Shahd Seethaler-Wari, Somayeh Chitchian, and Maja Momić, is the result of collective contributions by many people over several years, starting with the workshop Inside Out – Outside In: Shifting Architectures of Refugee Inhabitation in January 2019.

This publication positions itself at the intersection of spatial and social science disciplines regarding questions of migration and refuge. While displacement forms a fundamental component of the modern, colonial condition, tightly interconnected with physical structures that offer shelter and/or displace, this book asks: What counts as “architecture” and who are its authors and “architects”? In response, the volume centralizes the notion of inhabitation as an expanded understanding of collective processes of space-making and architectural authorship by the inhabitants. Through contributions from various geographies, employing different methodologies, modes of representation, and scales of analysis, this book aims to disclose the ambiguities and contradictions of the modern discipline of Architecture by foregrounding the otherwise invisibilized and marginalized practices of inhabitation and appropriation of space.



Seethaler-Wari, Shahd, Chitchian, Somayeh and Momić, Maja. Inhabiting Displacement: Architecture and Authorship, Berlin, Boston: Birkhäuser, 2021.