The Avery Review
Critical Essays on Architecture
Read Issue 16
From space colonies to air conditioning, this month's Avery Review essays into critical territories far and wide in the last of our climate-themed dispatches. In issue 16, Amale Andraos asks how climate change might redefine the discipline of architecture; Deborah R. Coen looks to Hapsburg geography and the origin of the term "ecology"; Eva Horn discusses a long history of controlling climate through the evolution of air conditioning; Reinhold Martin traces the imbricated forms of financial and environmental risk in the Bank of America building; Emily Eliza Scott examines the visual culture of climate change; and Felicity D. Scott finds the neoliberal developementalism latent in intergalactic settlement.
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Cutaway View of Torus Space Colony, Rick Guidice, c. 1975. Courtesy of NASA Ames Research Center. From Felicity D. Scott's "Securing Adjustable Climate" in issue 16 of the Avery Review.
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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.