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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

Disability and Preservation

Future Anterior Journal

David Gissen, guest editor


Manuscripts Due: Nov 1, 2018


Future Anterior seeks articles that critically examine engagements with disability within the theory and history of historic preservation. The accessibility of historic sites has been a key aspect of preservation discourse since the archaeological explorations of the late 18th century and professionalization of preservation in the early 19th century. In the past twenty years, several international institutions that manage historic buildings, landscapes and archaeological parks sought ways to make their spaces more available to a physically and cognitively diverse audience. But the interaction between historic and contemporary preservation discourses and the ideas of accessibility and “accommodation” (a fraught term) requires a more complex critical history. Historic sites such as the Athenian Acropolis or Roman Forum were far more easily navigated thousands of years ago (by today’s standards) than they are as modernized sites of architectural preservation. The early 19th century, romanticist notion of experiencing ruins under physical duress has been built into the preservation aesthetics of important architectural monuments. And ideas about the aesthetics of disability enter into preservation practices in surprising ways and include a diverse set of topics – from the repair and reconstruction of building elements to the representation of people with disabilities in historic sites (battlefields, hospitals, pilgrimage sites, etc). This special issue will critically examine the concept of disability (in all its myriad definitions) as it interacts with the histories and theories of preservation in a global context. Articles are encouraged that draw on a recent and vast literature on disability to reexamine otherwise familiar architectural histories, to use preservation history to explore an expanded notion of disability of use to those seeking transformations to the experiences of history and space, and to consider how preservation as a practice can be more open to those who imagine themselves as agents and exemplars of physical and cognitive difference.


Future Anterior is a peer reviewed (refereed) journal that approaches the field of historic preservation from a position of critical inquiry. A comparatively recent field of professional study, preservation often escapes direct academic challenges of its motives, goals, forms of practice and results. Future Anterior seeks contributions that ask these difficult questions from philosophical, theoretical, and critical perspectives.


Articles should be no more than 4,000 words (excluding footnotes), with up to seven illustrations. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions for image use and pay any reproduction fees. A brief abstract (200 words) and author bio (around 100 words) must accompany the text.  Acceptance or rejection of submissions is at the discretion of the Editorial Staff. Please do not send original materials, as submissions will not be returned.




Formatting requirements for the manuscript:


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, on a CD or disk, accompanied by hard copies of text and images. Text should be saved as Microsoft Word or RTF format.


Formatting requirements for Illustrations:

Images should be sent as TIFF files with a resolution of at least 300dpi at 8” by 9” print size. Figures should be numbered clearly in the text, after the paragraph in which they are referenced. Image captions and credits must be included with submissions.


Checklist of documents required for submission:

__ Abstract (200 words)

__ Manuscript (4000 words)

__ Illustrations (7)

__ Captions for Illustrations

__ Illustration Copyright information

__ Author biography (100 words)


Please email all submissions to:


Questions about submissions can be mailed to the above email address or emailed to:

Prof. David Gissen, Guest Editor, Future Anterior

California College of the Arts




Jorge Otero-Pailos

Editor, Future Anterior

Future Anterior


400 Avery Hall

1172 Amsterdam Ave

Columbia University

New York, NY 10027


Acceptance or rejection of submissions is at the discretion of the editors.

Please do not send original materials, as submissions will not be returned.





All Issues

  • Volume 14 - Issue 2 Contents Purchase This Issue

    Table of Contents, Volume 14 - Issue 2

    Utopian Currents in Heritage by Elizabeth Stainforth and Helen Graham
    Mixing Memory and Desire: Exploring Utopian Currents in Heritage by Elizabeth Stainforth
    Quotidian Utopia: Orhan Pamuk’s The Museum of Innocence and the Heritage of Love by Tracy Ireland
    An Urban Dream for the Preservation of Ataturk Forest Farm by Elif Mihcioglu Bilgi
    Beyond History: The Aesthetics of Authenticity and the Politics of Heritage in Havana, Cuba by Gabriel Fuentes
    Making Sense of the Future: Valuing Industrial Heritage in the Anthropocene by Inger Birkeland
    Architecture at the End of the World: The Pasts and Futures of Heritage Preservation in Antarctica by Timothy Hyde
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    Introduction to the Special Issue on Preservation and War: Freedom from Violence by Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Prewar. From the 2016 Fitch Colloquium: Preservation and War moderated by Erica Avrami
    Postwar. From the 2016 Fitch Colloquium: Preservation and War moderated by Rosalind Morris
    Conflict Heritage, Preservation Diplomacy, and Future Corridors of Smuggling by Tim Winter
    Finding Common Ground; Cultural Property Protection in Modern Conflict by Laurie W. Rush
    The Legal Tools Used before and during Conflict to Avoid Destruction of Cultural Heritage by Leila A. Amineddoleh
    Amplified Humanity and the Architectural Criminal by Lucia Allais
    The Rights of Monuments by David Gissen
    The Spanish Civil War and Cultural Heritage by Julián Esteban-Chapapría
    Extremism in Contemporary Cultural Heritage Debates about the Muslim World by Trinidad Rico and Rim Lababidi
    Destruction and Preservation as Aspects of Just War by Zainab Bahrani
    Meet Me at the Plague Column: Monuments and Conservation Planning by Andrew Shanken
    Memory Matrix by Azra Akšamija
    Book Review
    Obsolescence: An Architectural History by Jonathan Levy
    Exhibition Review
    The Present Is the Form of All Life: The Time Capsules of Ant Farm and LST by Richard Rinehart
    Artist Intervention
    Men Loving: New Killings by Clive van den Berg
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Smell and Preservation by Adam Jasper and Jorge Otero-Pailos
    Headspace by Roman Kaiser
    Material and Performance by Jacques Herzog
    Preserving the Unpleasant: Sources, Methods, and Conjectures for Odors at Historic Sites by Melanie A. Kiechle
    Presenting Volatile Heritage: Two Case Studies on Olfactory Reconstructions in the Museum by Caro Verbeek
    Pattern Recognition. A Background for Carsten Höller’s Smelling Dots (Portrait of Cedric Price), 2016 by Stefanie Hessler and Rebecca Uchill. With Smelling Dots (Portrait of Cedric Price): A Special Artistic Insert by Carsten Höller. 
    The Sacro Monte at Varalla and the Choreography of an Olfactory Landscape by David Karmon
    Synthetic Air by Wulf Böer
    Breathing a Moldy Air: Olfactory Experience, Aesthetics, and Ethics in the Writings of Ruskin and Riegl by Beata Labuhn
    Neue Sinnlichkeit: Postcritical Issues Regarding an Architecture of Sensuousness by Erik Wegerhoff
    Toward an Olfactory Language System by Sean Raspet
    Artist Intervention
    Olfactive Gulf and Atmospheric Hegemony by Raja’a Khalid and Ahmad Makia
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    Editors’ Introduction
    Preservation in a World of Diplomacy by Tim Winter
    The First Heritage International(s): Conceptualizing Global Networks before UNESCO by Astrid Swenson
    Heritage Diplomacy: Entangled Materialities of International Relations by Tim Winter
    Multilateral Possibilities: Decolonization, Preservation and the Case of Egypt by William Carruthers
    Digital Heritage Diplomacy and the Scottish Ten Initiative by Amy Clarke
    Define Mutual: Heritage Diplomacy in the Postcolonial Netherlands by Lauren Yapp
    The Symbolic Value of Expertise in International Heritage Diplomacy by Luke James
    The State Department and the Politics of Preservation: Why Few U.S. Embassies Are Landmarks by Jane C. Loeffler
    Japan and the Rise of Heritage in Cultural Diplomacy: Where Are We Heading? by Natsuko Akagawa
    U.S. Cultural Diplomacy and Archaeology: Soft Power, Hard Heritage. Book Review by Diane Siebrandt
    Artist Intervention
    The Controlled Ruin: Preserving Collective Memories through Building Transformation by Mo Michelsen Stochholm Krag
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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