New Media

  • The Location of Justice
    The Architectural League of New York

Kris Graves, 28th Precinct/Manhattan, 2017, New York. Courtesy of the artist.

The Location of Justice is a yearlong series of features on Urban Omnibus, The Architectural League's online magazine, examining the physical dimensions of the criminal-justice system, the spaces it occupies and transforms, and its role as a critical piece of urban infrastructure. Using New York City and its environs as a case study, the project undertakes three thematic explorations of the criminal justice system in the built environment: its institutional spaces (courts, prisons, and jails); its neighborhood policing (public spaces and precincts); and the logistics systems and regional geographies that organize it. The series includes commissioned work from writers, scholars, and artists; historical and analytical writing and reporting; as well as documentary photography, video, mapping, diagrams, and projects and proposals for new spaces and systems.

Mariana Mogilevich is editor-in-chief of Urban Omnibus, where she is responsible for editorial strategy and commissioning and working with contributors to the series. A historian of architecture and urbanism, her writing, research, and curatorial work focus on the design and politics of the public realm. Mogilevich teaches at Pratt Institute's School of Architecture, and she was previously an inaugural Princeton-Mellon Fellow in Architecture, Urbanism, and the Humanities at Princeton University. Her work has been supported by the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Graham Foundation, the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, the New York State Council on the Arts, and the Van Alen Institute. She received her BA in literature from Yale University and her PhD in the history of architecture and urbanism from Harvard University.

Rosalie Genevro, executive director, has guided and intensified The Architectural League's design advocacy in the public interest; spurred the League's investigations of new areas of interest and concern through ambitious initiatives including Architecture and Situated Technologies and The Five Thousand Pound Life; and firmly established a commitment to design excellence through annual program series spotlighting creative accomplishment. Genevro currently serves on the New York Committee of the Regional Plan Association, and has frequently worked as a peer reviewer and juror for government agencies and architecture schools. She studied history and architectural history at Occidental College and Cornell University.

Olivia Schwob is assistant editor of Urban Omnibus. After earning her BA in visual art and political science from Yale University in 2014, she began working on a range of social justice-oriented organizations and projects, as researcher for a book project on the political economy at the root of mass criminalization and incarceration in the United States, and as editorial assistant at the Boston Review. Her previous projects have included advocacy for migrants' rights, community legal service and domestic violence support, as well as peer education for sexual violence on college campuses.

TheĀ Architectural League of New York, founded on January 18, 1881, by a group of young architects, nurtures excellence in architecture, design, and urbanism, and stimulates thinking and debate about the critical design and building issues of our time. As a vital, independent forum for architecture and its allied disciplines, the League helps create a more beautiful, vibrant, innovative, and sustainable future.