• Paths to Prison: On the Architectures of Carcerality
    Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt
    Adrienne Brown, Stephen Dillon, Jarrett M. Drake, James Graham, Leslie Lodwick, Dylan Rodríguez, Sable Elyse Smith, Anne Spice, Brett Story, Jasmine Syedullah, Mabel O. Wilson, and Wendy L. Wright
    Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2020
    Columbia University-Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

5601 Werner Street, Houston, TX 77076. Formerly known as the Olympic Lodge, the motel was retrofitted in the 1980s to become CoreCivic's first immigrant detention center.

As Angela Y. Davis has proposed, the “path to prison,” which so disproportionately affects communities of color, is most acutely guided by the conditions of daily life. Architecture, then, as fundamental to shaping these conditions of civil existence, must be interrogated for its involvement along this diffuse and mobile path. Paths to Prison: On the Architectures of Carcerality aims to expand the ways the built environment’s relationship to and participation in the carceral state is understood in architecture. The collected essays in this book implicate architecture in the more longstanding and pervasive legacies of racialized coercion in the United States—and follow the premise that to understand how the prison enacts its violence in the present one must shift the epistemological frame elsewhere: to places, discourses, and narratives assumed to be outside of the sphere of incarceration. Paths to Prison: On the Architectures of Carcerality offers not a fixed or inexorable account of how things are but rather a set of starting points and methodologies for reevaluating the architecture of carceral society and for undoing it altogether.

Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt is a designer, writer, and editor. She currently leads Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, and is a contributing editor of the Avery Review.

Amale Andraos is the dean of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation; and cofounder of WORKac, a thirty-five-person architectural firm based in New York that focuses on architectural projects that reinvent the relationship between urban and natural environments. Andraos has taught at numerous universities including the Princeton University’s School of Architecture, the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the University of Pennsylvania Design School, and the American University in Beirut. Her publications include the recent WORKac: We’ll Get There When We Cross That Bridge (Monacelli Press, 2017); 49 Cities (Inventory Press, 2016); Above the Pavement, the Farm! (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010); and The Arab City: Architecture and Representation (Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, 2016).

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