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 49, Jaffer Kolb guides us through the artificial and natural, real and imagined, human and other-than-human with Tommy Pico’s Nature Poem; Kelema Lee Moses confronts the ongoing tactics of imperial hospitality on the shores of Waikīkī; Diana Martinez considers the Philippine supermall as a fundamental physical and affective infrastructure of migration; and Ginger Nolan redirects Andrew Yang’s election-year policy proposal away from the individual and toward the urban.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).