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Cultures, Communities and Design

A Decolonial Vision of Cities, Rural Areas, and Life
E. Winter
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


The intention is to draw attention to an important point in the analysis of places and their representation, which remain recorded in the subconscious. Hence the need to initiate a reflection that reinstates the history of people who were racialized, and their worldviews denied in a colonial system. What colonial continuities relate to coloniality today? Because when talking about colonialism and post-colonialism, many people are not aware of the magnitude of coloniality today. How are images manifested through the spaces created, what stories are told, how and for what reason? Who are the creators, for whom were they conceived, and what are the archetypes of urban and rural spaces? In a context of power relations that emerged in the colonial period, the particular situation of coloniality becomes a form of invisible articulation embedded in society, in the sense of the beneficiaries’ interest in resources, labour, and real estate, or the simple fact of being in space. The structures of urban and even rural spaces tend to follow an Anglo-Eurocentric view. This vision captures the continuity of coloniality that is reflected in the way societies are instituted, structured, organized, and act in whiteness. Whiteness is understood as a social and political construction. It is a political definition that represents the historical, political, and social privileges of a particular group that has access to the dominant structures and institutions of society. From a decolonial perspective, a participatory co-design of the city, as well as of the rural, implies transforming practices into a transversal approach to life, processes, people, and their experiences that were omitted to aspire to a possible social change. These issues are addressed from experiences in Mexico City (Mexico), Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Asunción (Paraguay), Frankfurt (Germany), and the surrounding rural areas.


Eugenia Winter (Céspedes Giménez) is from Asunción (Paraguay) and has been living near Frankfurt (Germany) since 2008. In many respects, she recognizes herself as self-taught and values this practice learned from her grandmother and mother. She studied economics studies and human geography. She has been a scientific assistant at the Institute of Human Geography at the Goethe University Frankfurt from 2015 to 2018. Since 2019 she has worked as a freelance lecturer at the same institute. Her areas of work and analysis are decolonial epistemology, institutional/structural (anti)racism; decolonial pedagogy, art, and design; History and Continuity: Whitening (Blanqueamiento), Coloniality and Critical Whiteness; biography of Building and materiality; Accounting standards, their (private/public) regulatory structures and processes of financialization.