August 11, 2023
by: AIA New York
Three Oculus Magazine covers

According to the International Labour Organization, construction and manufacturing are the largest industrialized sectors at the highest risk of forced labor. At the same time, supply chain issues and sustainability goals are changing how and where architects and their collaborators source building materials. In the next issue of Oculus, we will look at the systems and processes by which materials come into, and leave, our built environments. Who are the organizations and people ensuring that materials enter the supply chain ethically and sustainably, and what roles can architects take in the process? In this issue’s “Op-Ed” section, we seek explorations of these topics, with an emphasis on the architect’s current and future ability to lead the world of building materials to a more sustainable and socially responsible place.

Please submit op-eds of 800 words to


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