Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió

Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió is an architect and assistant professor at Cornell AAP, where he teaches in the history of architecture and urban development programs. His areas of research and expertise include intersections between architecture and geopolitics— particularly settler colonialism and capitalism as mediated by territorial infrastructures, technology, race, and Indigenous decolonial onto-epistemologies in relation to Marxist critical theories.

In 2019 he completed a Ph.D. in architecture at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University. His dissertation, "Designing 'Post-Industrial Society': Settler Colonialism and Modern Architecture in Palm Springs, California, 1876-1977," examined how architecture and infrastructure constructed a discourse and a techno-politics of economic growth and settler-colonial sovereignty in relation to theories and practices of decolonization across the Americas.

From 2015 to 2019 Shvartzberg Carrió served as research coordinator for the Architecture Lobby, a nonprofit activist group advocating for the value of architectural labor within the profession and for the general public.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Territory/geopolitics
  • Settler colonialism and decolonization
  • Environment, infrastructure, and technology
  • Critical and de-colonial theory
  • History of modern architecture

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 6819 Infrastructures of Modernity: Concepts for Histories of the GlobalThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Mellon Fellowship in Egalitarianism and the Metropolis, University of Michigan (2018–19)
  • Citation of Special Recognition, Carter Manny Award Finalist, Graham Foundation (2019)
  • Huntington Fellowship, The Huntington Library and Archive, California (2018)
  • Buell Center Fellowship Award, Columbia University (2016)
  • Graduate Fellowship, Institute of Comparative Literature and Society, Columbia University (2013–18)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • "Designing 'Free Labor': Prefabricated Steel Housing and Settler Colonialism in Palm Springs, California," CAA Annual Conference, New York City (2019)
  • "Narrating Modern Architecture and Economic Growth," European Architectural History Network Conference, Tallinn, Estonia (2018)
  • "Palm Springs: Infrastructures of Leisure and Dispossession in the Postwar Industrial State," SAH Annual Conference, Saint Paul, Minnesota (2018)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Palm Springs and the Nomos of Modernity: Prefabricated Steel Houses, Automation, and Settler Colonialism in Postwar America, 1943–1968." In Productive Universals—Specific Situations: Critical Engagements in Art, Architecture and Urbanism, edited by Anne Kockelkorn and Nina Zschocke. New York: Sternberg Press, 2019.
  • "Infrastructures of Dependency: U.S. Steel and Architectural Expertise in Palm Springs, California, and Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela, 1940–1965." In Systems and the South: Architecture in Development. Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, forthcoming.
  • Poole, Matthew, and Manuel Shvartzberg. The Politics of Parametricism: Digital Technologies in Architecture. London: Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015.
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