Ang Li, Jaffer Kolb, and Evetta Petty, Signs from Above, 2014.
Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism is an independent annual print publication founded as a means to initiate a critical conversation about the state of American architecture, its cities, and its hinterland. Manifest questions the assumptions behind singular constructions of America by tracing their origins and their global influence while also aiming to define the uniqueness of American forms of city-building and the distinct set of political parameters within which these forms are shaped. Placing historical work in dialogue with contemporary subjects, projective tracts, and admitted fictions, the journal is as much a venue for literary experimentation as analytical investigation. The production of Manifest Issue No. 2: Kingdoms of God and Issue No. 3: Bigger than Big follows our broad and diverse inaugural offering Looking Inward with a pair of themed issues on the physical dimensions of spiritual and material practices in the Americas and their animating imaginaries.
Anthony Acciavatti is an architect and principal of Somatic-Collaborative, an award-winning architecture firm in New York. He is pursuing a PhD in the History of Science Program in the Department of History at Princeton University. He has taught advanced architecture studios and seminars at Columbia University, RISD, and Northeastern University. He earned an MArch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Frederick Sheldon Fellowship to continue his research on architecture and urbanism in the Americas. His research has received funding through a J. William Fulbright Fellowship, as well as fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Harvard University, and Princeton University. His work has been published in Architectural Design, Bracket, Cabinet, OnSite, SARAI, and Topos. He is the author of Trojan Horse (2011) and the forthcoming book Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India's Ancient River (2014).
Justin Fowler is a PhD candidate at Princeton University’s School of Architecture. He received an MArch from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and previously studied government and the history of art and architecture at the College of William and Mary. His writing has appeared in publications, such as Volume, Speciale Z Journal, Thresholds, PIN-UP, Domus, Conditions, and Topos, along with book chapters in Material Design: Informing Architecture by Materiality (Birkhauser, 2010) and Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architectures after 1973 (Hatje Cantz, 2012). He is the editor of Evolutionary Infrastructures by Weiss/Manfredi (Harvard GSD, 2013). He has worked as a designer for Dick van Gameren Architecten in Amsterdam, Somatic Collaborative in Cambridge, and managed research and editorial projects at the Columbia University Lab for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in New York. He also served as managing editor for C-Lab issues of Volume magazine.
Dan Handel is an architect, a PhD candidate at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the inaugural Young Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, for which he developed the exhibition First, the Forests (2012). Additionally, he curated Aircraft Carrier, the exhibition at the Israeli Pavilion in the Thirteenth Venice Architecture Biennale, also exhibited at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York and the Israel Museum in Jerusalem (2012–13); and the exhibition Wood: The Cyclical Nature of Materials, Sites, and Ideas for Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam (2014). He holds degrees from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and the Bezalel Academy. His writing has appeared in Thresholds, Frame, San Rocco, PIN-UP, Bracket, and Cabinet, among others. He is the editor of Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architectures after 1973 (Hatje Cantz, 2012).
Editorial board: Mario Gandelsonas, professor, Princeton University's School of Architecture; Sanford Kwinter, professor of theory and criticism, Pratt Institute; Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, founder and principal, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company; Joan Ockman, lecturer, PennDesign and former director of the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture; John Stilgoe, Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape in the Visual and Environmental Studies Department, Harvard University; and Henry Urbach, writer, curator, and former director, the Philip Johnson Glass House.
Advisory editors: Jessica Bridger, independent urbanist and consultant; Mauricio Quiros, lecturer, John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto; Enrique Ramirez, instructor of architecture, Ball State University College of Architecture and Planning; Bryony Roberts, visiting professor, Oslo School of Architecture, and principal of Bryony Roberts Studio; and Elizabeth Timme, codirector, LA-Mas.
Founded in 2011 by Anthony Acciavatti, Justin Fowler, and Dan Handel, Manifest works to advance thought on the built environment of the Americas through print publications and public events. Each issue/event interrogates a particular theme, drawing voices and insights on historical and contemporary matters from architectural practitioners, scholars, and cultural figures.