Wednesday, September 22, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
China has built a vast network of detention camps in the north west region of Xinjiang, as part of its campaign of oppression against Turkic Muslims. It is believed that more than a million people have been detained. Alison Killing presents her team's use of satellite imagery, architectural analysis and eyewitness interviews to uncover the camp network and investigate what was happening there.
AIA continuing education credits available (1 LU/HSW)
Alison Killing is a journalist and licensed architect who uses maps and data to investigate urgent social issues. She worked in architecture and urban planning practices in London and Rotterdam for several years, before starting her own studio, Killing Architects. Since then she has produced and curated an exhibition on death and architecture called Death in Venice, carried out research into the reconstruction in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake and developed Migration Trail, a mapped data visualisation about migration to Europe. In 2021 she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, together with Megha Rajagopalan and Christo Buschek, for a series of articles exposing the network of detention camps in Xinjiang, China.