The Avery Review
Critical Essays on Architecture
Read Issue 23
It might be April, but we hope you weren’t fooled. Issue 23 of the Avery Review is finally here––along with ExacuTrack® One, Are We Human?, and professional conservatism. This month, Jordan Geiger tracks technologies of incarceration; Joy Knoblauch speculates on the possibility of designing discomfort; and the Architecture Lobby responds to the AIA with an essay from Peggy Deamer, Keefer Dunn, and Manuel Shvartzberg Carrió.
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Albatross on the Midway Atoll, North Pacific, in "Towards a Critical Ergonomics" by Joy Knoblauch. Photograph by Chris Jordan from Are We Human?
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The Arab City: Architecture and Representation

Edited by Amale Andraos and Nora Akawi, with Caitlin Blanchfield

Moving beyond reductive notions of identity, myths of authenticity, fetishized traditionalism, or the constructed opposition of tradition and modernity, The Arab City: Architecture and Representation critically engages contemporary architectural and urban production in the Middle East.

Taking the "Arab City" and "Islamic Architecture" as sites of investigation rather than given categories, this book reframes the region's buildings, cities, and landscapes and broadens its architectural and urban canons. Arab cities are multifaceted places and sites of layered historical imaginaries; defined by regional and territorial economies, they bridge scales of production and political engagement. The essays collected here investigate cultural representation, the evolution of historical cities, contemporary architectural practices, emerging urban conditions, and responsive urban imaginaries in the Arab World.