• Manifest, Issue No. 1: Looking Inward
    Anthony Acciavatti, Justin Fowler, and Dan Handel
    Manifest Journal, 2013
    Anthony Acciavatti, Justin Fowler & Dan Handel

Chambless, Roadtown, 1910, United States. Courtesy of the Independent.

Manifest: A Journal of American Architecture and Urbanism is an independent, printed publication edited by Anthony Acciavatti, Justin Fowler, and Dan Handel. Founded as a means to initiate a critical conversation about the state of American architecture, its cities, and its hinterland, Manifest tackles head-on what others have abandoned. While Manifest intends to question the assumptions behind singular notions/constructions of America by tracing their origins and their global influence, the journal also strives to define the uniqueness of American forms of city-building, as well as the distinct set of political parameters through which these forms are shaped. We see political value in scholarship that treats America as an ongoing project whose tenets are neither sacrosanct nor worthy of being discarded.

Anthony Acciavatti is an architect and principal of Somatic-Collaborative, an award-winning architecture firm based in New York City. At present he is pursuing a PhD in the History of Science Program in the Department of History at Princeton University.  He has taught advanced architecture studios and seminars at the Rholde Island School of Design and Northeastern University. He earned a master’s  in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he was awarded the Frederick Sheldon Fellowship to continue his research on architecture and urbanism in the Americas. His research has received funding through a J. William Fulbright Fellowship as well as fellowships from the Ford Foundation, Harvard University, and Princeton University amongst others. His work has been published in Architectural Design magazine, Bracket, OnSite, SARAI, and Topos. He is the author of the book Trojan Horse (2011), as well as the author of the forthcoming books Cosmic Comics: Transects of Ganga-Jamuna doab (2012) and Dynamic Atlas: Changes of State Along the Ganges River Corridor (2012).

Justin Fowler is a PhD candidate at the Princeton School of Architecture. He received his master‘s of architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and previously studied government and the history of art and architecture at the College of William and Mary. He is the editor of Evolutionary Infrastructures by Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi (Harvard GSD, 2013) and an assistant editor of Invention/Transformation: Strategies for the Qattara/Jimi Oases in Al Ain (Harvard GSD, 2010). His writing has appeared in Volume, Speciale Z Journal, Thresholds, PIN-UP, Topos, Conditions, and Domus, along with book chapters in Aircraft Carrier (Hatje Cantz, 2012) and Material Design (Birkhauser, 2010). He has worked as a designer for Dick van Gameren Architecten in the Netherlands, Somatic Collaborative in Cambridge, and managed research and editorial projects at the Columbia Lab for Architectural Broadcasting (C-Lab) in New York where he served as managing editor for C-Lab issues of Volume magazine and codirected think tank research for the GSAPP/Audi Experiments in Motion initiative.

Dan Handel is an architect, a PhD candidate at the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and the 2011 Young Curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal, for which he developed an exhibition on forestry and design. He earned his master ‘s in architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he completed his thesis on the Jeffersonian Grid and the American city, and his bachelor in architecture from the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. His writing has appeared in Thresholds, Conditions magazine, Bracket and the Journal of Landscape Architecture (JOLA). He is the editor of a forthcoming publication, Aircraft Carrier: American Ideas and Israeli Architecture after 1973 (Hatje Cantz), and of the online magazine Bezalel Papers. Additionally, he served as an assistant editor for Invention/Transformation (Harvard GSD), and as contributor on a forthcoming book, Arizona Report. His work is engaged with the correspondence between political thinking and designed form, with a focus on the North American context.