The Avery Review
Critical Essays on Architecture
Read Issue 19
Ease your election anxiety with some critical essays on architecture. Instead of refreshing the news all day, how about revisiting Robert Smithson, John Portman, Peter Throckmorton, and Helmut Jahn? This month at the Avery Review, Jordan H. Carver drives to Spiral Jetty; Jordan Hicks revisits the Renaissance Center by way of techno; Gina Morrow dives into underwater archeology; and Jonathan D. Solomon reconstructs the James R. Thompson Center.
“John Campbell, a comptroller’s office employee, switches on a fan on Aug. 5, 1986, in the State of Illinois Center. Temperatures soared into the 90s in the parts of the building during last month’s heat wave.” Photograph courtesy of Ovie Carter; from Jonathan D. Solomon's piece Helmut Jahn’s James R. Thompson Center and the Aesthetics of Postmodern Citizenship.
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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.