Date of Award

Fall 11-15-2020

Document Type

Undergraduate Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies


Ethnic Studies


Josen Diaz



Historical and modern urban planning theory often focuses on an idealized body and subject, shaped by race, gender, and sexuality, that exists within the city. This passively and actively divides space into thresholds impenetrable by bodies othered by social and political ideologies. This project looks at the realities of colonial urban planning and the gendered, raced, and queered implications forced onto bodies and communities through the built environment. This investigation examines the frameworks present in colonial urban theory that engender meaning and knowledges onto bodies as they move through the cityscape. Exploring modes of in/access and power along built and invisible divides, these frameworks are applied to case studies. Through reading instances of applied and ideological colonial urban planning, constructions of power, embodiment, and history come to the forefront. The specific implications of individual bodies and communities interacting with the built environment are thus illuminated to be wrought with colonial implications and physical manifestations of white supremacy.