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2021Prelude to an Analysis of Borders, in MarquesOTHER
2020Domestic DustsPUBLICATION
2019Volcano HouseBUILDINGS & OBJECTS
2020The Nuclear in The Ural MontainsRESEARCH
2019Who's the Savage in our Reservations?RESEARCH
2019Burying Solid Waste ProblemsRESEARCH
2019Omega (Yota Ayaan)REVIEW
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2018Dirty Paths for a Green MandateRESEARCH
2018Nos Antrópicos (Eco-Visionaires)REVIEW
2018ROME by Order of AppearancePUBLICATION
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2016Panorama Boa VistaREVIEW
2015Pripyat (Nikolaus Geyrhalter)REVIEW
2015Questioning the ReserveRESEARCH
2015Rooftop IssuePUBLICATION
2014MAS and the Reserves of Future CatastropheRESEARCH
2013Contested Symmetries & Other PredicamentsOTHER
2012Anti-nuclear Bunkers IIPUBLICATION
2012Pillars of HerculesPUBLICATION
2011Islands of Light and SteelOTHER
2010A Letter to the ZoologistsOTHER
2007On the Techno-SublimePUBLICATION
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Joana Rafael is an architect practitioner and Postdoctoral Researcher, specializing in ecological concerns related to pollution and contamination, both indoors and in urban planning. Her research explores the intersections of architecture and urbanism with human geography, environmental studies, and power dynamics, encompassing contemporary culture, media studies, art, and technology. She investigates the materiality and limits of physical infrastructures in relation to Earth's systems and the reciprocal relationships between humans and nature, with a particular focus on radiologically contaminated environments. Joana has taught Contextual Studies and Contemporary Culture-related courses at institutions including ESAP in Porto, ISCE Douro in Penafiel, Central Saint Martins in London, and the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury. She is a member of CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning) and CEAA (Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo), and a co-founder of REFINERY BOARD. Joana holds a Master of Architecture and Urban Cultures from Metropolis, Barcelona, as well as a Master of Research Architecture and a PhD in Visual Cultures from Goldsmiths, University of London. She also earned a Healthier Materials and Sustainable Building Specialization certificate from Parsons School of Design, The New School. In addition to her academic pursuits, Joana is a certified farmer.