Today, communities around the world are uniting to reinforce the power of generosity on #GivingTuesday. We’re happy to join the effort and to thank you, our readers, for your encouragement and support.
It’s no exaggeration to say that you make our possible. Your support enables us to publish timely and provocative public scholarship on buildings, landscapes, and cities, and to do so on a platform that remains free of advertising and free of charge.
This year one especially crucial theme in our pages has been the intensifying effort to decolonize design scholarship and practice, and to uncover and illuminate neglected histories.
Writing from Aotearoa New Zealand, landscape architect Rod Barnett raises the critical question: “How are colonial landscapes to be redesigned?” To which his response is uncompromising: the landscapes must be reclaimed by the people from whom they were stolen. Halfway across the Pacific, architect Sara Jensen Carr reaches a similar conclusion in her expansive vision of the ecological future of Honolulu as a new era of “watershed urbanism that re-roots design and planning in Indigenous knowledge, and de-engineers more than a century of settler colonialism.” Ethnobiologist Michael Gilmore and writer Andrew Wingfield, traveling along the Sucusari River, center their story on Sebastián “Shebaco” Ríos Ochoa, the leader of the Maijuna of Peru, who is fighting to save his tribal lands — the source of “physical sustenance, cultural identity, spiritual meaning, historical memory, and sovereignty” — from further exploitation by wildcat loggers and foreign corporations.
In their essay on the overlooked career of Greta Magnusson Grossman, Harriet Harriss and Naomi House underscore the essential connections between the decolonization movement and gender-critical archival activism; “for history to be rewritten equally,” they argue, “the canon must first be dismantled and reconstructed.” Likewise, Kofi Boone, in his review-essay of a new book about Soul City, directs our attention not only to a remarkable but forgotten chapter of Black civil rights and urban planning, but also to its “disappearance from cultural memory and historical record.”
We’ve been gratified by the strong response to all these articles, and are dedicated to continuing to publish powerful public scholarship that corrects absences in cultural memory and unconscionable gaps in our historical record.
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