Issue 33


Guest edited by Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari
Graphic design by Bobby Joe Smith III

Welcome to the Vigilantism issue. In this issue we explore spaces of vigilantism, both historically and today. What are the spatial dimensions of vigilante encounters, segregation, violence, and exclusion, or conversely emancipation, liberation, and inclusion? Threshold, circulation, private vs. public, and other architectural delineations of space have become the subject of much controversy as footage of sexist and racist policing of these spaces emerge. Beyond spatial dimensions, which regulatory, institutional, aesthetic, and material expressions of vigilantism does architecture condition? What is vigilante behavior in highly digital and post-digital space? In pop-culture? In new media? How do technology and design become means for cultivating and expressing those behaviors? How do contentious political movements respond to, and draw from, vigilantism? What are the micro-, meso-, and macro-level dynamics of sociospatial acts of violence? Can vigilantism ever be good? Liberatory? And what are ways aggressors, resistors, and witnesses take on characteristics of vigilantes? To address these issues and more, vigilantism is a topic that needs to be explored.

Mas issue vigilantism cover opening
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What Kind of Vigilante Are You?

Issue statement by Iker Gil, editor in chief of MAS Context

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Architectures of Vigilantism

Introduction by Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari

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Black Compound

Essay by Emanuel Admassu

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Architecture Performing Live

Essay by Joseph Altshuler and Zack Morrison

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Essay by Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari

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A Single Family

Essay by Ashley Bigham

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Loopty Loops (#ALWAYSWIP)

Essay by Jennifer Bonner

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Queer Vigilantism

Essay by A.L. Hu

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Surviving Respectability

Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari interview Krystina François

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The Reconstruction of Approachability

Shawhin Roudbari and Germane Barnes interview Demar Matthews

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Disciplined in the House of Tomorrow

Essay by Andrew Santa Lucia

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The Open Letter and the Spreadsheet

Conversation between Laida Aguirre, Gary Riichirō Fox, Jia Yi Gu, and Cyrus Peñarroyo