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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: Ex-Situ: On Moving Monuments

Deadline for submission: Feb. 1, 2018


Jorge Otero-Pailos


Guest Editor:

Mechtild Widrich

Assistant Professor, Art History, Theory, and Criticism, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Author of Performative Monuments: The Rematerialisation of Public Art (Manchester University Press, 2014).

Future Anterior seeks articles that critically examine the ramifications of moving monuments and historical buildings within the theory and history of historic preservation. The act of relocating historical buildings has been part and parcel of modern preservation practice since its origins in the early 19th century, when parts of many ancient monuments were relocated to Europe, America and elsewhere. Although the practice never stopped, 20th century preservationists demoted it to a solution of last resort. Today however the practice is resurgent, as various external pressures, from rising sea levels to economic pressure, are making preservationists reconsider ex-situ preservation. As a result, a new critical engagement with preservation’s colonial history is emerging; core preservation concepts, such as the primacy of context, are being reconsidered; fundamental practices such as the archiving of architectural fragments are being redefined; and new technologies to relocate historic buildings physically or virtually are being developed. This special issues will critically examine these recent theoretical advances in light of the history of relocating historical buildings in order to unpack the philosophical, social, technological and environmental questions that the new penchant for re-placing architecture raises within contemporary preservation practice.

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

  • Volume 2 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 2 - Issue 2

    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
  • Volume 2 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 2 - Issue 1

    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
  • Volume 1 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 - Issue 2

    Editorial: The Contemporary Stamp of Incompleteness by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Introduction: Preservation in Search of the Historic: New Methods Expanding Boundaries by Robert Garland Thomson
    Preservation is Overtaking Us by Rem Koolhaas
    History in Motion: A Glance at Historic Preservation in California by Lauren Weiss Bricker
    From Historic Architecture to Cultural Heritage: A Journey Through Diversity, Identity, and Community by Antoinette J. Lee
    Constructing Cultural Significance: Looking at Bombay’s Historic Fort Area by Rahul Mohrotra
    Preserving and Monument: The United States Air Force Academy by Robert Allen Nauman
    Perspective: Where Do We Draw the Line? Historic Preservation’s Expanding Boundaries by Paul Bentel
    Razing the Exeter Dining Hall: Pros and Kahns by William Richards
    Philip Johnson’s Glass House: Framing Interpretation by Leslie Kelin
    Book Review: Peter Eisenman, Eisenman Inside Out: Selected Writings, 1963-1988, Review by Ijlal Muzaffar
    Exhibit Review: Seeing Double: Emulation in Theory and Practice, Review by Giorgio Biancorosso
  • Volume 1 - Issue 1 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 1 - Issue 1

    Historic Preservation and the Mind by Paul Spencer Byard
    Now is the Future Anterior for Advancing Historic Preservations of Scholarship by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Taking Steps Toward a New Dialogue: An Argument for An Enhanced Critical Discourse in Historic Preservation by Robert Garland Thomson
    Preserving the Honky-Tonk: Coney Island’s Future in its Amusement Past by Melissa Baldock
    Past Meets Futurism Along the Cross-Bronx: Preserving a Significant Urban Expressway by Michael Caratzas
    Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp: The Rural Summer Camp as a Cultural Landscape by Courtney Fint
    Industrial Evolution: Preservation Through Judicious Demolition of the 20th Century Industrial Buildings by Shawna Richardson-Upp
    Perspective: Is Preservation Missing the Point? Cultural Heritage in the Service of Social Development by Jon Calame and Kirstin Sechler
    The Future Anterior Interview: Jorge Otero-Pailos Speaks with Artist Anton Vidokle
    The Cult of Age in Mass Society: Alois Riegl’s Theory of Conservation by Thordis Arrhenius
    Cast Stone’s Trials of Authenticity : How Labor and Modernism Conspired to Kill a Nascent Materials Industry by Jennifer Kearney
    Book Review
    Giving Preservation a History: Histories of Historic Preservation in the United States, Review by Carol Clark