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November 6, 2020
by AIA New York

Oculus magazine, AIA New York’s quarterly publication, commits to more actively stand up against systemic racism and inequality through our coverage and invites our readers to join us in this effort.

On September 30, the board of the AIANY issued a statement about the role architects play in the criminal justice system. Citing racialized abuses embedded in the system, the board called “on architects no longer to design unjust, cruel or harmful spaces of incarceration within the current United States justice system, such as prisons, jails, detention centers, and police stations. We instead urge our members to shift their efforts towards supporting the creation of new systems, processes, and typologies based on prison reform, alternatives to imprisonment, and restorative justice.”

For the Winter issue of Oculus, we invite members to submit 800-word op-eds or captioned visual comments that explore the subject of architecture and restorative justice. Please email editor@aiany.org with proposals with the subject line “Submission: Winter 2020.” Final op-eds and visualizations should be 800 words/one page and are due by November 20, 2020.

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