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The Avery Review
Critical Essays on Architecture
Read Issue 53

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.

Issue 53 gathers essays that parse certain racial, colonial, infrastructural, and cultural imaginations as they consolidate power across ideological and physical terrains: from East to West, left to right, land to water, solid to gas. Alexander Arroyo replots the playmaking of American empire through a global race war game; Émélie Desrochers-Turgeon thaws settler colonial earth-writing in the Arctic; Elise Misao Hunchuck, Marco Ferrari & Jingru (Cyan) Cheng orbit China’s Sky River Project to tell a different hydro-geographic story; and V. Mitch McEwen reads the middle in Keller Easterling’s Medium Design in order to work on an antiBlack world.

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 (editors@averyreview.com).

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“Knowing how to work on the world” with the map of the Underground Railroad from Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America and The Art of War. In V. Mitch McEwen’s “The Art of Medium Design: Knowing How to Work on an AntiBlack World” in the Avery Review 53 (June 2021), link
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Winners of AIGA 50 Books | 50 Covers
Three of our recent titles are winners of AIGA Design’s 50 Books | 50 Covers awards of 2019. We want to extend a huge thanks and congratulations to: Scott Vander Zee, who won in the Cover and Book category for Space Settlements by Fred Scharmen; Glen Cummings who won in the Book category for The Revolution Will be Stopped Halfway by Jason Oddy; and Laura Coombs who won in the cover and book categories for SIGNAL. IMAGE. ARCHITECTURE. by John May. Photos courtesy of Scott Vander Zee, Sebastian Bach, and Laura Coombs.