Zannah Mae Matson, Human Geography PhD Candidate


Home Campus:
U of T St. George

Post-Conflict Urbanism: State formation and counterinsurgency infrastructure along Colombia’s Marginal de la Selva

Other Degrees:
Honours Bachelor of Arts, University of Toronto
Master in Landscape Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

Matthew Farish

Contact Information:

Research Interests:

  • Infrastructure Ethnography
  • Landscape Theory
  • Conflict Urbanism
  • Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Selected Publications:

Nunn, N., Z. Matson. 2017. “Space infrastructure, empire, and the final frontier: What the Mauna Kea Land defenders teach us about colonial totality.” Society & Space, Investigating Infrastructures, A Forum: Online.

Matson, Z. 2017. “A Geometry of Borders: The Infrastructural Points that Construct the Line.” Society & Space, Investigating Infrastructures, A Forum: Online.

Matson, Z. 2017. “Legacies of Conflict and [Re] Constructing Urban Futures: Urban infrastructure development in Kabul Afghanistan.” SITE Magazine, Future / Legacy Special Issue (September 2017): 55-59. Online.


Creative Outputs – Juried Exhibitions

Matson, Z., J. Moginot. 2017. “Landmines and Land Grabs: landscape remediation and infrastructure development in post-conflict Colombia.” XX Bienal de Arquitectura y Urbanismo, Valparíso, Chile, October-November. (Co-researched and co-produced alongside J. Moginot).

Matson, Z., C. Alton, and P. Belanger. 2016. “EXTRACTION: Canada as a Global Resource Empire: Canada National Pavilion.” Biennale di Venezia, Venice, May-November. (Exhibition Design, Project Manager, Design Research and Prototyping, Production of Key Exhibition Pieces, Publication Design, and Installation all co-produced with P. Belanger and C. Alton).

 Matson, Z., C. Geros. 2015. “Alaska: So Urban, So Brave.” Kirkland Gallery, Cambridge, March. (Fieldwork, Analysis, Visual Materials, Writing, and Presentation co-produced with C. Geros).

Research Clusters:
Political Spaces