The academic year just wouldn't be over without one last dose of critical essays on architecture. This month, in issue 24 of the Avery Review, Karen Abrams attempts to dislodge “placemaking” from architectural vocabularies; Galen Pardee reports on Myanmar’s new capital; and Camila Reyes Alé weighs the possibility of a dissident practice in architecture.
As we break for our summer hiatus, we’d like to encourage all our readers to keep an eye out for buildings, books, landscapes, histories, and ideas that demand critical and rigorous consideration. We always welcome submissions, along with general queries and correspondence, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Dunes: Climate Change by design
Edited by Jesse M. Keenan and Claire Weisz
Blue Dunes chronicles the design of artificial barrier islands developed to protect the Mid-Atlantic region of North America in the face of climate change. It narrates the complex, and sometimes contradictory, research agenda of an unlikely team of analysts, architects, ecologists, engineers, physicists, and planners addressing extreme weather and sea level rise within the practical limitations of science, politics, and economics.