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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 48, Cruz Garcia and Nathalie Frankowski listen to the post-colonial loudreaders of Puerto Rico; Louise Hickman takes stock of the devices and affective labor involved in flying while disabled; Evan Kleekamp browses the “impaired commodities” of Emily Barker’s art; Jen Rose Smith traces Native resistance to seasonal salmon fisheries in coastal Alaska in the summer of COVID-19; and Francisco Quiñones looks behind Luis Barragán’s walls to consider the role of domestic labor in shaping Mexican modernism.

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). Look out for another round of critical essays on architecture in the fall.

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Cordova New Harbor. Photograph courtesy of Brandyn Comparan.In Jen Rose Smith’s “Architectures of a Salmon Empire: Territories and (Im)mobilities in the Time of COVID-19” in the Avery Review 48 (June 2020), 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.