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Future Anterior

Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

Future Anterior
Editor: Jorge Otero-Pailos
An international point of reference for the critical examination of historic preservation.

Future Anterior approaches historic preservation from a position of critical inquiry, rigorous scholarship, and theoretical analysis. The journal is an important international forum for the critical examination of historic preservation, spurring challenges of its assumptions, goals, methods, and results. As the first journal in American academia devoted to the study and advancement of historic preservation, it provides a much-needed bridge between architecture and history.

The journal also features provocative theoretical reflections on historic preservation from the point of view of art, philosophy, law, geography, archeology, planning materials science, cultural anthropology, and conservation.

Future Anterior is essential reading for anyone interested in historic preservation and its role in current cultural debates. Click here for an index to the contents of past issues.



Call for Papers
Special issue: Utopian Currents in Heritage
Deadline for submission: March 1, 2017 

Guest editors:

Helen Graham (

Elizabeth Stainforth (

Centre for Critical Studies in Museums, Galleries and Heritage

School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, University of Leeds


While the notion of heritage has been closely associated with continuity and preservation, recent theorizing in Critical Heritage Studies has argued that the very desire for continuity also requires and produces change. The definition of heritage as ‘a contemporary product shaped from history’ (Tunbridge & Ashworth 1996; see also Harvey 2002; 2010; Smith 2006; Harrison 2010) highlights the extent to which our relationship with the past is being continually re-configured. However, there is a future dimension implied in this relationship that is often neglected. To paraphrase William Morris, the future dimension in heritage testifies to the hopes and aspirations of those now passed away.

One way of considering heritage as future making is through the lens of ‘utopianism’, which is currently enjoying a resurgence in a number disciplines not least sociology (Levitas 1990; 2013), literary studies (Jameson 2005) and law and political theory (Cooper 2014). Given that William Morris, one of the founders of the late 19th century European heritage movement, was also a revolutionary socialist and writer of utopian fiction there is, as yet, unexploited scope in thinking heritage and utopia together.

Making the utopian, future-oriented aspects of heritage explicit is both an acknowledgement of the inevitability of change and an opening for thinking about the changes envisaged by former generations. In other words, heritage practices make it possible to diagnose a history of how people imagined the future might be. Heritage does not, therefore, only describe practices aimed at making a future in the image of the past and present, but can also be read as an attempt to think the world into being otherwise.

These logics of the future speak directly to alternative social and political imaginaries and raise questions for heritage. What are the political and temporal constituencies of slogans such as ‘forever, for everyone’ (UK National Trust)? What sorts of imaginaries might open up political potentials for heritage and have implications for decision-making processes? How are projected heritage scenarios shaped by current hopes and fears? And how might we draw out the utopian – and indeed dystopian – tendencies in different heritage practices?

This special issue of Future Anterior invites papers that explore the utopian currents in cultural heritage, in order to offer an alternative critical lens on debates about sustainability and historic preservation.

Possible topics include:

  • Heritage futures based on current architecture, art and preservation practices.
  • The social and political imaginaries involved in heritage practices and writing about heritage.
  • Logics of time and how buildings are employed in the negotiation of the past and the future within heritage studies (through, for example, conservation, interpretation, participation).
  • Diagnoses of utopian or dystopian currents in architectural heritage case studies.
  • Discussions of heritage in relation to the hopes/fears of particular groups or communities of people.
  • Examples of utopian interventions in historic buildings oriented towards change, or alternative heritage decision-making processes.

Articles submitted for peer review should be no more than 4000 words, with seven to ten illustrations. Text must be formatted in accordance with the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition. All articles must be submitted in English, and spelling should follow American convention. All submissions must be submitted electronically. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format, while accompanying images should be sent as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300 dpi at 8 by 9 print size. Figures should be numbered clearly in the text. Image captions and credits must be included with submissions. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief author biography (around 100 words) must accompany the text.

For further manuscript guidelines, please visit:

Acceptance or rejection of submissions is at the discretion of the editors. Please do not send original materials, as submissions will not be returned.

Please email all submissions to the guest editors (see above) and:




All Issues

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    Competing Authenticities by Bryony Roberts
    Original und Reproduktion: Alexander Dorner and the (Re)production of Art Experience by Rebecca Uchill
    Albert Kahn’s Five-Year Plant and the Birth of “Uncertain Space” by Adam Lauder and Lee Rodney
    Datareality. Interview with Adam Lowe
    Structure. Interview with John Ochsendorf
    Flexibility. Interview with Ilaria Cavaggioni
    Community. Interview with Tim McClimon
    Focus on the 2014 Fitch Colloquium
    Resourcefulness. Interview with Michèle Pierre-Louis
    Exhibition Review
    How to Preserve a Bunker 1 x Unknown (2012– ). Review by Xenia Vytuleva
    Artist Intervention
    Pink on Beige by Anya Sirota
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Ines Weizman and Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Preservation through Replication: The Barnes Foundation. Amanda Reeser Lawrence
    Legalizing Architecture: How Congress Defined the Discipline. Sarah M. Hirschman
    Origin and Development of a New Tradition: Space, Time and Architecture in the Translation Zone. Jacob Moore
    Public Art and Copyright Law: How the Public Nature of Architectures Changes Copyright Protection. Aura Bertoni and Maria Lillà Montagnani
    The Preservation of the Chŏnju Hanok Village: From Material Authenticity to the Themed Replica. Codruța Sîntionean
    Lessons from 5Pointz: Toward Legal Protection of Collaborative, Evolving Heritage. Mekhala Chaubal and Tatum Taylor
    The Mound of Vendôme. Exhibition Review by Christina E. Crawford
    Re-collection. Art, New Media and Social Memory. Book review by Heather Ecker
    Artist Intervention
    Pablo Bronstein
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    Transparent Restorations: How Franco Minissi Has Visually Connected Multiple Scales of Heritage. Beatrice Vivio
    Drinking from the River Lethe: Case del Fascio and the Legacy of Fascism in Postwar Italy. Lucy Maulsby
    Time and Authenticity. Manuel J. Martín-Hernández
    Showcasing Istanbul’s Jewish Past: The Case of Mayor Synagogue. Roysi Ojavlo
    Building Myths or How to Preserve the Social Content of Architecture. Louis Martin
    Book Review: Time Matter(s): Invention and Re-imagination in Built Conservation. The Unfinished Drawing and Building of St. Peter’s, the Vatican. Review byVictor Plahte Tschudi
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Photography and Preservation. Iñaki Bergera and Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Neither/Nor: Unfaithful Images in Photography and Preservation. Sarah Blankenbaker and Erin Besler
    Documentary Photography and Preservation, or the Problem of Truth and Beauty. Jesús Vassallo
    Monuments and Mediocrity: Landmarking Los Angeles. Mariana Mogilevich
    Restoring the Colors of Friedrich Weinwurm's Unitas: Hazards of Black- and-White Photography. Henrieta Moravčíková, Ivan Pilný, and Peter Szalay
    Photography, Preservation, and Ethics at Angkor. Colin Sterling
    Postindustrial Imagery and Digital Networks: Toward New Modes of Urban Preservation? Sarah Rojon
    Book Review
    On Architecture: Melvin Charney, A Critical Anthology. Review by Nicola Pezolet
    Artist Intervention
    File Room. Dayanita Singh
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    In This Issue
    Editors’ Introduction: Photography and Preservation, Iñaki Bergera and Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Proving Preservation: Boston Subway Construction Photography, 1894-1897, C. Ian Stevenson
    High-Speed Ruins: Rubble Photography in Berlin, 1871-1914, Miriam Paeslack
    Photography versus the Historical Record: The Role of Photography in Rouen’s Gros- Horloge Restoration, Franca Malservisi and Maria-Rosaria Vitale
    Richard Nickel's Photography: Preserving Ornament in Architecture, Sarah Rogers Morris
    Preserving Collective Memory Through Photography, Ana Tostões and Ana Maria Braga
    Exhibition Review: Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, Helene Lipstadt
    Imag(in)ing Paris for Posterity, Sabrina Hughes
    Book Review: LC Foto: Le Corbusier Secret Photographer, Daniel Naegele
    Artist Intervention
    Apparitions, T. John Hughes
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    An Everyday Wilderness: Dwight Perkins and the Cook County Forest Preserve, Jennifer Gray
    In the Service of National Culture: Japanese Preservation and its Political Context, 1871–1994, Barbara Galli
    A Nation of Monasteries: The Legacy of Víctor Balaguer in the Spanish Conception of National Monuments, Josep-Maria Garcia-Fuentes
    Processing Transactions, Forming Intent: Coproduction and Exchange in the Work of Allison Smith, Rebecca Uchill
    Book Review
    Under the Hammer: Iconoclasm in the Anglo-American Tradition, Shiben Banerji
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    Preservation And Globalization, Ijlal Muzaffar and Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Of Mills and Malls: The Future of Urban Industrial Heritage in Neo-liberal Mumbai, Manish Chalana
    Citizens vs. Experts: Historic Preservation in Globalizing Shanghai, Qin Shao
    Shiny New Buildings: Rebuilding Historic Sikh Gurdwaras in Indian Punjab, William J. Glover
    After the Flood: Cultural Heritage and Cultural Politics in Chongqing Municipality and the Three Gorges Areas, China, Paola Demattè
    Global Tourism Practices as Living Heritage: Viewing the Norwegian Tourist Route Project, Janike Kampevold Larsen
    Ambience as Property: Experience, Design, and the Legal Expansion of Trade Dress,” Winnie Won Yin Wong
    A History Built on Ruins: Venice and the Destruction of the Church of the Holy Apostles in Constantinople, Janna Israel
    Conservation Takes a Reflective Turn: Book Review of A Laboratory for Art: Harvard’s Fogg Museum and the Emergence of Conservation in America, 1900-1950. Review by George Wheeler
    Artist Intervention
    The Crystal Life, Roger Hiorns
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    Peter Meyer and the Swiss Discourse on Monumentality
    Guilty by Association? Chueca Goita’s Stylistic Restorations under Franco’s Dictatorship, 1953–75
    The Gur- i Amir Mausoleum and the Soviet Politics of Preservation
    Decentralized Past: Heritage Politics in Post- Stalin Central Asia
    Document: The Methods of Restoration of Architectural Monuments: Contemporary Theoretical Conceptions (1977)
    Exhibition Review: Altered States of Preservation: Preservation by OMA/AMO
    Conversation: Architecture, Violence, Evidence
    Book Review: Violence Taking Place: The Architecture of the Kosovo Conflict by Andrew Herscher
    Artist Intervention: As long as you keep your nose clean, you can stay hidden forever. Haus der Vorstellung, Torstrasse 166, Berlin
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    “The Scandinavian Welfare State and Preservation” by Jorge Otero-Pailos and Thordis Arrhenius
    “The Cathedral of Nidaros: Building a Historic Monument” by Dag Nilsen
    “From Nationalism to Cosmopolitan Classicism: Harry Fett’s Concept of Cultural Capital” by Kristin B. Aavitsland
    “The Political Instrumentality of Heritage: The Swedish Welfare State and the National Heritage Board” by Hélène Svahn Garreau
    “Sigurd Curman’s Restorations: Swedish Heritage in a Modern Context” by Victor Edman
    “Preservation and Protest: Counterculture and Heritage in 1970s Sweden” by Thordis Arrhenius
    “Continuity” (1949) by Harry Fett
    “Principles of Restoration: Examples and Desiderata” (1906) by Sigurd Curman
    Book Review
    Swedish Modernism: Architecture, Consumption and the Welfare State Review by Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen
    Photo Essay
    Frösakull in Six Years by Mikael Olssen
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    Dry Rot: The Chemical Origins of British Preservation by Lydia Kallipoliti
    Biopolitical Landscapes: The Preservation Tactics of Percy Nobbs by Adam Lauder
    Preservation Parade: The Mediatization of the Lieb House into a Monument by Martino Stierli
    Preservation and Creation: Alfonso Rubbiani and Bologna by Andrew M. Shanken
    Document: The Houses of the Bourgeoisie (1879) by Alfanso Rubbiani
    Book Review
    What is Posthumanism?, Review by Catherine Ingraham
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    Historic Preservation in the Americas by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Against Cosmopolitanism: Historic Preservation and the Construction of Argentinean Identity by Alfredo Conti
    The Role of Modernists in the Establishment of Brazilian Cultural Heritage by Lauro Cavalcanti
    The Telephone on the Eighteenth-Century Table: How Brazilian Modern Architects Conceived the Preservation of Historic City Centers by Jose Passoa
    Document: Necessary Documentation (1937) by Lusio Costa
    The Preservation of Historic Architecture and the Beliefs of the Modern Movement in Mexico, 1914–1963, by Enrique X. de Anda Alanis
    José Villagrán and Enrique del Moral: Pioneers in the Defense of Heritage by Louise Noelle
    Document: Architecture and Monument Restoration (1967) by JJosé Villagrán Garcia
    Book Review
    The Once and Future New York: Historic Preservation and the Modern City, Review by Michael Holleran
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    Landscape versus Museum: J.C. Dahl and the Preservation of Norwegian Burial Mounds by Mari Lending
    Horse Shrines in Tamil India: Reflections on Modernity by Mark Jarzombek
    Carlo Scarpa’s Monument to the Partisan Woman by Renata Codello
    Preserving Rivera and Kahlo: Photography and Reconstruction by Jorge Tarra Mingo
    Document: Restoration in Architecture. First Dialogue by Camillo Boito
    Interview: Morphing Lincoln Center by Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio
    Book Review
    Bloody Old Britain: O.G.S. Crawford and the Archaeology of Modern Life, Review by Enrique Ramirez
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    Going Critical: On the Historic Preservation of the World’s First Nuclear Reactor by Paul Williams
    Objectivity and Aesthetics: The Problem of Stucco in Swedish Conservation, 1949–1969, by Mai Geijer
    The Conservation Of Spain’s Architectural Heritage: A Balance of Three Crucial Decades, 1929-1958, by Julian Esteban-Chapapria
    Document: Spanish Law Regarding Defense, Conservation, and Expansion of the National Artistic Treasure (1933)
    Document: Spanish Decree on the Protection of Castles (1949)
    Interview: “We will do it ourselves”: Selma Al Radi on the Restoration of the ‘Amiriya Complex, Yemen by Caterina Borelli
    Book Review
    Hollow Land: Israel's Architecture of Occupation, Review by James Conlon
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    Editor’s Note by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    The Leningrad Avant-Garde and Its Legacy by Boris Kirikov
    Eric Mendelsohn’s Red Banner Factory and Saint Petersburg’s Industrial Architecture by Margarita Shtiglits
    A Critique of the Preservation of Moscow’s Planetarium by Anke Zalivako
    Le Corbusier’s Centrosoyuz in Moscow by Jean-Louis Cohen
    Document: The USSR’s 1948 Instructions for the Protection of Architectural Monuments
    Document: The USSR’s 1973 Law on the Protection and Use of Historic and Cultural Monuments
    Letter to the Editor
    Foreword by Barry Bergdoll
    Preserving Modernism: ARussian Exception? by Jean-Louis Cohen
    Heritage at Risk: The Fate of Modernist Buildings in Russia by Natalia Dushkina
    Book Review
    Taking Stock: Documenting Russia’s Modern Heritage, Review by Richard Anderson
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    Preservation’s Anonymous Lament by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Le Corbusier, Giedion, and the Villa Savoye: From Consecration to Preservation of Architecture by Panayotis Tournikiotis
    (Un)making Idolatry: From Mecca to Bamiyan by Jamal J. Elias
    Takings by Catherine Ingraham
    Leopoldo Torres Balbás: Architectural Restoration and the Idea of “Tradition” in Early Twentieth-Century Spain by Juan Calatrava
    The Postmodern Cult of Monuments by Mario Carpo
    Architecture from Architecture: Encounters between Conservation and Restoration by Manuel J. Martin-Hernandez
    Preservation, Contemporary Art, and Architecture, Francesca von Habsburg, Albert Heta, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Dinko Peracic, Francois Roche, Andreas Ruby, and Mark Wigley
    Book Review
    Selected Writings on Architecture, Preservation, and the Built Environment and Architektugeschichte und kulturelles Erbe-Aspekte der Baudenkmalpflege in Ostmitteleuropa, Review by Christopher Long
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    Conservation Cleaning/Cleaning Conservation by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Space, Time, and Preservation by Patrick Ciccone
    Architecture Officielle Maudite: The Zurich Kongresshaus Between Preservation and City Marketing by Reto Geiser and Martino Stierli
    Berlin’s Castle Versus Palace: A Proper Past for Germany’s Future? by Adrian von Buttlar
    The Reception and Non-Reception of Cesare Brandi in America by Laurence Kanter
    Loss, Compensation, and Authenticity: The Contribution of Cesare Brandi to Architectural Conservation in America by Frank G. Matero
    Postscript to the Treatment of Lacunae by Cesare Brandi
    Exhibition Review:
    Robert Moses and the Modern City, Review by Randall F. Mason
    Book Review:
    A Global History of Architecture, Review by John Stubbs
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    Chance Architecture
    Consensus or Conflict? The Power of Ideology Critique in Historic Preservation
    Libido operandi or Conflict: Tafuri on Historic Preservation and Historiography
    Invention and Authenticity in Barcelona’s Barri Gotic
    Counter-Heritage and Violence
    The Paris Studio of Constantin Brancusi: A Critique of the Modern Period Room
    Defunct Defenses: Antwerp’s Sixteenth-Century Fortifications
    Viollet-le-Duc and Restoration in the Future Anterior
    Book Review: urban Memory: History and Amnesia in the Modern City
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    Creative Agents
    Forces Beyond Our Control: Examining the Political Edge in Preservation
    Preservation Theory Unfolding
    Making and Remaking the Yuanmingyuan
    From Periodical Obsolescence to Eternal Preservation
    The Second Fall of the Berlin Wall: Examining the HHildebrandt Memorial at Checkpoint Charlie
    Capturing the Next Shift: The Mapping of Meaning onto the Museum of the Occupation of Latvia
    Lucio Costa Preservationist
    Conservation in Central Santiago: The Diego Portales University Infrastructure Plan and the Faculty of Architecture, Art and Design Building
    Book Review: Design With Culture: Claiming America’s Landscape Heritage
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    Historic Provocation: Thinking Past Architecture by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Theories Toward a Critical Practice by Jessica Williams
    Renaissance Strategies to Protect the Colosseum: Selective Preservation and Reuse by David Karmon
    Unleashing the Archive by Mark Wigley
    Chairs, Posture, and Points of View: For an Exact Restitution of the Barcelona Pavilion by Paolo Amaldi
    Preservation as Confrontation: The Work of Lina Bo Bardi by Zeuler Lima
    Race against Renewal: Motives for Historic District Designation in Inner-City Chicago by Vincent L. Michael
    Historic Preservation in Architectural Education: Assessing the Past, Envisioning the Future by Jack Pyburn
    Ordering the Orders: Claude Perrault’s Ordonnance and the Eastern Collonade of the Louvre by Lucia Allais
    Book Review: Architectural Imitations: Reproductions and Pastiches in East and West, Review by Randolph Starn
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    Editorial: Echoing by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Introduction: Reaching a Global Public by Jessica Williams
    Mutable Fragments: Destructive Preservation and the Postwar Rebuilding of Marseille by Sheila Crane
    The Undoing of a Monument: Preservation as Critical Engagement with Pergamon’s Heritage by S.M. Can Bilsel
    Preserving the Antique Modern: Persepolis ‘71 by Talinn Grigor
    Preserving and Presenting Prefab: Jean Prouve’s Tropical House by Robert Rubin
    Native American Sacred Places and the Language of Capitalism by Adam Fish
    Modern Landscape Architecture, a Forgotten Art: The Case of Lincoln Center by Nina Rappaport and Ken Smith
    23 de Enero: Modern Public Housing in Post-Modern Caracas by Paul Spencer Byard and Leslie Klein
    Book Review: Spaces of Global Cultures: Architecture Urbanism Identity, Review by Alessandro Angelini
    Exhibition Review: Architecture and Revolution in Cuba, 1959-1969, Review by Marisa Oliver