Author Archives: Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

About Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi

Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi is a fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard University and received a doctorate in art history from the New York University Institute of Fine Arts. Her work focuses on spatial politics, urbanisms, and modernist culture and discourses in history, drawing from primary research in East Africa and South Asia for two book projects, "Architecture of Humanitarianism: The Dadaab Refugee Camps and Emergency Urbanism in History'' and "Vocal Instruments: Minnette De Silva and an Asian Modern Architecture.'' She coedited the volume Spatial Violence (Routledge, 2016) and practiced architecture in the United States and India.

On Humanitarian Architecture: A Story of a Border

Many contemporary refugee camps are located in undeveloped border areas of host countries. States providing asylum are often unwilling to integrate refugees into the economy or social structure and maintain these outposts as parallel systems, often relying upon international aid to maintain them. The grounds that they inhabit often represent edge conditions, between competing entities and interests. The well-trod idea that they represent forms of extraterritoriality, while perhaps useful in theory, can be misleading in reality. While certain refugee contexts must be understood precisely as Continue reading → Continue reading →