• Transecological (Re)Imaginations in the Tenderloin
    Chandra M. Laborde
    CounterPulse, San Francisco
    May 02, 2024 to Aug 25, 2024
    Chandra M. Laborde

Chandra Laborde, "Unbuilding Carceral Structures," 2022. Digital collage. Courtesy the author

Transecological (Re)Imaginations is a collaborative effort that bridges spatial theory and transformative practices to imagine equitable futures. The main catalyst for this advocacy is the site at the intersection of Turk and Taylor streets in the Tenderloin, an impoverished downtown area in San Francisco. This crossroads was the site of a queer grassroots uprising against police brutality, the Compton’s Cafeteria Riot of 1966. Today, the three-story building is operated as a “halfway house” by GEO Group, a for-profit prison company. This project reimagines a collective vision for the space that decarcerates the historic building and its vacant storefront and resurfaces its legacy of resistance. The images use the building at Turk and Taylor as a microcosm of the larger intervention to structures of power and relationality. As such, the exhibition illustrates alternatives that dismantle anthropic forms of domination by offering post-anthropic ways of inhabiting the uninhabitable.

Chandra M. Laborde is an architect, architectural theorist, and historian. She is a doctoral student in the History, Theory, and Society Program of the Architecture Department at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studies the history of radical environmental communes. Her work looks at the past to reimagine a future amidst climate catastrophe. Her work lies at the intersection of gender and ecology for post-anthropic architecture. She holds a master’s of science from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in advanced architectural design from the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, and a bachelor's in architecture from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. She has professional design experience with ecological architecture in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico.