ACSA cancels controversial detention center competition

ACSA cancels controversial detention center competition. (Bob Jagendorf/Flickr)

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) announced today that it has nixed a controversial student competition to design an immigrant detention center.

The brief asked participants to design a “Humanitarian Refugee (Detention) Center.” When it was announced, the competition received an avalanche of negative feedback, which the ACSA called “justified​ criticism” in its statement.

“[While] the organization is committed to engaging important issues in our society, we ​regret our decision to publish the category,” it added.

ACSA deleted its own publicity tweet about the competition, and subsequent tweets from @ACSAUpdate on the topic redirect to broken URLs.

A new building category for the spring semester will be announced in a few weeks.

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