The Avery Review
Critical Essays on Architecture
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September—a time to refresh our critical faculties and take stock of the summer’s showing of gripping athleticism, tropical tableaux, and dystopic tower-blockbusters. This month, Cameron Cortez exposes state cleanliness campaigns in two Olympic cities; Millay Kogan and Marcus Owens consider how the tactics of adverse possession can be an act of urban protest; Catherine Seavitt Nordenson recasts Roberto Burle Marx as an ecological modernist; and Francesco Sebregondi delves into the paranoid futures of J.G. Ballard’s High-Rise.
A photograph of the Centro de Operações Preifetura in Rio de Janeiro—an "advanced intelligence system" used by the city to monitor urban comportment, analyzed in Cameron Cortez's essay on Olympic urbanisms in this month's Avery Review.
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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.