David Gissen

  • A barricade during the Paris Commune, boulevard Voltaire and boulevard Richard-Lenoir, 1871. Photo: Bruno Braquehais/BHVP/Roger-Viollet.

    GROUNDS FOR ACTION: LANDSCAPE AND PROTEST

    CITIES CULTIVATE PROTEST. But the twenty-first-century remaking of urban centers into slickly surveilled and partitioned hubs of global finance has necessitated new ways of contesting those very networks of money and power. From the massive sit-ins that galvanized Hong Kong in 2014 to the demonstrations that swept through Greece’s capitals this past summer, from the throngs packed into Tahrir Square in Cairo during the Arab Spring of 2011 to the congregations of activists that spread the Occupy movement across dozens of cities later that year, we have recently witnessed multitudes establishing

  • Eric Owen Moss Architects, Beehive, 2001, Culver City, CA. Photo: Tom Bonner.

    CITY OF DUST: ARCHITECTURE AND SUBNATURE IN LOS ANGELES

    Ecological crises are everywhere, and it is precisely this pervasiveness, this immersion, that a growing number of artists and architects today aim to address—delving into the complex interchange between our built environment and the natural world. A range of exhibitions on view this summer, such as MoMA PS1’s “Expo 1: New York,” probe the potential of participatory art practices to address environmental concerns; while this year’s “Pacific Standard Time” initiative, organized by the Getty Research Institute, focuses on architecture in postwar Los Angeles—a city famously