Press, Links & Resources
ADPSR's proposal has received excellent coverage in the design press and general interest media. A selection includes:
- New York Times: "Prison Architecture and the Question of Ethics" by Michael Kimmelman, 2/162015.
- Hyperallergic: “When Architecture Causes Suffering” by Laura C. Mallonee, 2/9/2015.
- ArchDaily "Architecture & Human Rights: AIA Rejects Controversial Ethics Amendment" by Holly Giermann, 1/29/2015.
- Contra Costa Times, “Large-scale works on a small Moraga stage” by Lou Fancher, 1/20/2015
- Architectural Record, “AIA Rejects Ethics Amendment,” by Zachary Edelson, 1/20/2015.
- AssociationsNow.com, “Architects Group Faces Pressure on Human Rights Issues,” by Ernie Smith, 1/5/2015.
- Pacific Standard, “This architect might change the way you think about solitary confinement,” by Jessica Pishko, 1/4/2015
- CNN.com, “Architects and torture: What color is your waterboard?,” by Raphael Sperry, 12/23/2014 (reposted widely)
- Introduction to Undocumented: The Architecture of Migrant Detention by Tings Chak, publisher: The Architecture Observer, 2014
- Avery Review: "Death by Design: An Execution Chamber at San Quentin State Prison," by Raphael Sperry, Issue #2, October 2014.
- Pacific Standard: "Can an Architect Change the Way People Think About Prison?" by Jessica Pishko, 9/24/2014.
- CBS TV News: “Bay Area Architects Refuse To Build Death Chambers,” 7/3/2014.
- Architect Magazine: "To Build or Not to Build: Architecture, Ethics, and Politics." by Aaron Betsky, 3/3/2014.
- Metropolis: "2013 Year in Review: Activism and Design" and "Q&A: Raphael Sperry on the Architecture of Incarceration." December, 2013.
- The Nation: “Drawing the Line: Architects and Prisons, A call for architects to refuse to design chambers of living death.” By Michael Sorkin, 8/27/2013
- The Los Angeles Times: “Prison design faces judgment.” By Christopher Hawthorne, 8/30/2013
- San Francisco Weekly: “Punishment by Design: The Power of Architecture Over the Human Mind” by Rachel Swan, 8/21/2013
- KCRW (Santa Monica) Design and Architecture: “Should Architects Say No to Designing Cells for Solitary Confinement?” 8/20/2013
- The Huffington Post: Prison Design and Its Consequences: The Architect's Dilemma 7/18/2013
- Daily GOOD: Why a Prison Like Pelican Bay Should Never Be Designed Again 7/18/2013
- Blog post for ACLU: “There Are Some Buildings that Never Should Have Been Built,” 7/12/13
- Radio podcast on 99% Invisible: Episode 80: “An Architects Code,” 5/28/2013
- ArchDaily:” Should Architects Follow a Code of Ethics?” by Rory Stott 6/10/2013
- AIA Must Do More For Human Rights, Architects’ Newspaper, 3/12/2013
- Architects Opposing Prisons Gain Support, ArchNewsNow.com, 3/7/2013
- Architizer (online magazine), 12/7/12: Petition Asks AIA To Prohibit The Design Of Spaces For Extreme Punishment
- Architect magazine (print/online, total audience 327,000) 12/3/12: Prison Break: Raphael Sperry wants to ban architects from designing death chambers and solitary confinement cells. Can his campaign help create a more humane prison system?
- "Long-Term Solitary Confinement in the U.S.: Design and Implications." Academy of Architecture for Justice, Oct. 11, 2012. Slides can be viewed here.
Articles and Statements
- Cohen, Adam; Time Magazine 6/25/2012: It’s Time To End Solitary Confinement in U.S. Prisons
- Epps, Christopher; Commissioner, Mississippi Department of Corrections, testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Hearing on Solitary Confinement, June 19, 2012.
- Gawande, Atul: The New Yorker 3/30/2009:Hellhole
- “No [former hostages or POW’s] saw solitary confinement as anything less than torture. This presents us with an awkward question: If prolonged isolation is—as research and experience have confirmed for decades—so objectively horrifying, so intrinsically cruel, how did we end up with a prison system that may subject more of our own citizens to it than any other country in history has?”
Grassian, Stuart MD; Journal of Law & Policy Vol. 22:325. Psychiatric Effects of Solitary Confinement Haney, Craig, JD, PhD; testimony to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights Hearing on Solitary Confinement, June 19, 2012.
Also see Haney’s research on psychology, law and policy here.
- American Civil Liberties Union “Stop Solitary” campaign: http://www.aclu.org/we-can-stop-solitary
- American Friends Service Committee “Stopmax” campaign: https://afsc.org/campaign/stopmax
- American Institute of Architects Ethics page: http://www.aia.org/about/ethicsandbylaws/index.htm
- Amnesty International on U.S. solitary confinement: http://blog.amnestyusa.org/americas/the-shocking-abuse-of-solitary-confinement-in-u-s-prisons/
- Death Penalty Information Center: http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/
- National Religious Campaign Against Torture: http://www.nrcat.org/
- Human Rights Watch statement to the U.S. Senate on solitary confinement: http://www.hrw.org/news/2012/06/18/us-look-critically-widespread-use-solitary-confinement
- “The increase in solitary confinement in the United States has occurred primarily through … the segregation of prisoners in special super-maximum security facilities built solely for this purpose. Indeed, in our judgment, the proliferation of super-maximum security facilities is the most troubling development in US corrections in recent decades.”
- Murder Victims’ Families for Reconciliation: http://www.mvfr.org/
- Solitary Watch: http://solitarywatch.com/
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: Death Penalty Position