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V is for Veranda
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Ended Sep 4, 2013
The House That Grandfather Built...1954. Guyana. Concrete. Modern. Tropical. Visionary. Stately. Comfortable. Comforting...
"V is for Veranda" asks how and why this man built this home, at this time, in this place. And why doesn't this history exist?
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My maternal grandfather, a black man, was a prolific builder of concrete homes in Guyana, South America. In 1954, he built a house for his family in a small Indo-Caribbean village outside of Georgetown, the capital city. Georgetown was and still is well-known for its impressive Victorian-era wooden structures. Wilkinson's concrete house, located outside of the city, made a visible architectural contribution to the village landscape.

“V is for Veranda” examines design as an action for making possible other actions—seeing, calling out, entertaining. It explores how architectural decisions affect social relations, interpersonal exchanges, even friendships. In particular, the project explores how one builder used elements of domestic, vernacular architecture and attention to modernist, international styles to engineer social integration and inter-ethnic civility in an era tainted by racial strife. With this case study of domestic architecture in Guyana, I aim to recover the contributions of native builders, like my grandfather.

I am seeking funding to present "V is for Veranda" at an international conference on design history in September 2013. Last year, I self-funded a research trip to Guyana to view archives and to visually document architecture. It was an amazing experience! Now, I am eager to take the project one step further to present my ongoing research at "Towards Global Histories of Design: Postcolonial Perspectives," a major conference in Ahmedabad, India, where I will have the opportunity to engage with other specialist scholars in the field. Although traveling to India is costly, the locale conveys an added research benefit given the influence of Guyana's large Indo-Caribbean population on the country's architectural identity, and the 1954 house's location within an Indo-Caribbean Guyanese community.

Your support will offset costs for roundtrip airline travel, lodging, conference registration, and local ground transportation. Other fees include membership costs, travel visa, travel vaccinations, and research materials.

Thank you for taking time to read my story, and for pledging any support you can. Your contribution is VERY much appreciated!
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