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Paths to prison : on the architectures of carcerality

Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt (Editor), Sable Elyse Smith (Artist)
As Angela Y. Davis has proposed, the "path to prison," which so disproportionately affects communities of color, is most acutely guided by the conditions of daily life. Architecture, then, as fundamental to shaping these conditions of civil existence, must be interrogated for its involvement along this diffuse and mobile path. Paths to Prison: On the Architectures of Carcerality aims to expand the ways the built environment's relationship to and participation in the carceral state is understood in architecture. The collected essays in this book implicate architecture in the more longstanding and pervasive legacies of racialized coercion in the United States--and follow the premise that to understand how the prison enacts its violence in the present one must shift the epistemological frame elsewhere: to places, discourses, and narratives assumed to be outside of the sphere of incarceration. Paths to Prison: On the Architectures of Carcerality offers not a fixed or inexorable account of how things are but rather a set of starting points and methodologies for reevaluating the architecture of carceral society and for undoing it altogether. With contributions by Adrienne Brown, Stephen Dillon, Jarrett M. Drake, Sable Elyse Smith, James Graham, Leslie Lodwick, Dylan Rodriguez, Anne Spice, Brett Story, Jasmine Syedullah, Mabel O. Wilson, and Wendy L. Wright
Print Book, English, 2020
Columbia Books on Architecture and the City, New York, NY, 2020
526 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 20 cm.
9781941332665, 1941332668
1. Extended Stay: i.e. “The More Things Change, the More Things Stay the Same” Isabelle Kirkham-Lewitt2. Carceral Architectures of Policing: From “Mass Incarceration” to Domestic Warfare Dylan Rodríguez3. Working to Get Free at the Rent Party Adrienne Brown4. Brushy Mountain and the Architecture of Carceral Extraction James Graham5. Fire Camp, Highway, Coal Mine: Geographies of the Carceral Quotidian Brett Story6. Processing Power: Archives, Prisons, and the Ethnography of Exchange Jarrett M. Drake7. “Nothing Stirred in the Air”: Affect, Sexuality, and the Architectural Terror of the Racial State Stephen Dillon8. Fighting Invasive Infrastructures: Indigenous Relations against Pipelines Anne Spice9. Zeroes and Ones: Carceral Life in the Data World Wendy L. Wright10. Design of the Self and the Racial Other Mabel O. Wilson11. Backward to Wayward: Listening to Archives of Disciplinary Education in Philadelphia Leslie Lodwick12. No Place Like Home: Practicing Freedom in the Loopholes of Captivity Jasmine Syedullah Images throughout by Sable Elyse Smith Acknowledgments Bibliography
Visual works by Sable Elyse Smith appear throughout