The Avery Review stands with all those fighting, organizing, teaching, and writing for abolition—and, in architecture, with all those working against the white supremacy, settler colonialism, ableism, racial capitalism, and heteropatriarchy upheld in and by our field. BLACK LIVES MATTER.
As Angela Davis recently reminded listeners on Democracy Now!, abolition “is not primarily about dismantling, getting rid of, but it’s about re-envisioning. It’s about building anew.” As a journal dedicated to decentering the objects, histories, and authors of architecture, we are committed (and will continue to recommit) to publishing essays that propose radical changes to the current order of things, and to amplifying the work of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who offer a way forward in this re-building.
In issue 51, Roberto Boettger reframes what is being conserved at Tijuca National Park and denaturalizes the project of conservation behind UNESCO’s first “urban cultural landscape”; Ella Comberg seeks views of the street beyond what Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture, and Google, ask us to see; Alexyss McClellan-Ufugusuku extends the recent COVID-19 outbreak at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma to legacies of dual colonization and militarization in Okinawa; Karamia Müller revisits her architectural education alongside the imperial conception of land that came with it; and Malcom Rio and Aaron Tobey examine the design of injustice in the case of the courthouse.
Our mission has been (and will always be) a work in progress, with far more to be done and undone, learned and unlearned, and we invite you to join us in this work with your participation, suggestions, and submissions (email@example.com).