Geography of Exception

Fall 2015 Grant Recipient

Graduate Student

Seth Salcedo (Architecture) Geography of Exception attempts to provide a foundation with which to understand the complexities of Guantanamo Bay as a both a historical anomaly and a geopolitical grey zone all in an effort to project an architectural future for the site. In light of renewed negotiations with Cuba and President Obama's persistent attempts at closing the infamous detention center, Guantanamo Bay--regularly described as a Heterotopic State of Exception--presents itself as a unique opportunity to challenge cartographic conventions, understand post-colonial relationships, and shed light on alternative, often-forgotten networks of exterritorial phenomena worldwide.