“Trial by the Bay: Treasure Island and Segregation in the Navy’s Lake” (2017). Urban Reinventions: San Francisco’s Treasure Island. Lynne Horiuchi and Tanu Sankalia, eds. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press ON WORLDCAT / ORDER FROM PRESS
Anti-memorials and World War II Heritage in the San Francisco Bay Area: Spaces of the 1942 Black Sailors’ Uprising, Landscape Journal – LINK
Suspunk: Thinking with Suspicious Packages (collaboration with Bryan Finoki and Nick Sowers), Harvard Design Magazine, No. 42
Forget Me Not: on police memorials and injustice at The New Inquiry.
“Ecologies of Practices in a Post-Military Cinema” / “Ecología de prácticas en el cine posmilitar” (2016). Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: A Universe of Fragile Mirrors (exhibition catalog). María Elena Ortiz, curator and editor. Pérez Art Museum Miami.
Co-authored piece with Demilit – on a monument to networked surveillance in downtown Oakland: “OKLDCAAN: Capital Building of the Oakland Security Cloud,” The Funambulist no. 1 (Militarized Cities).
Zone, and Zone Out, essay for Progressive Planning — on planners, policing, and silence.
A book review of: Jenna M. Loyd, Health Rights Are Civil Rights: Peace and Justice Activism in Los Angeles, 1963-1978, at Society and Space.
Variable World: Bay Model Tour & Salon (talk transcript) — an event co-curated with Chris Woebken and Avant.org
A review of Findery, a geoweb app, at the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, on the combination of a “cartographic sensibility with a community that shares a passion of—and for—a mediated place.”
Winter Session 2013: Land, Place, Visuality
Summer Session 2013: Walking Seminar
Some Selected Talks…
Memory/Cloud: a San Francisco Police Department Memorial, at Princeton University, School of Architecture, PhD Colloquium
Footprinting the Urban Security Cloud, Emerging Voices series, Taubman College, University of Michigan, 2015
Military Abstractions: The Hidden Architecture of State Secrecy, University of Nevada, Reno, 2014
MIT History, Theory, and Criticism forum on blogs and architecture criticism, with Kazys Varnelis and Mark Jarzombek (moderator). Recording:
Architecture’s Avatars, Fulcrum, Issue 69, Architectural Association, March 4, 2013.
http://www.platjournal.com/ (please support this publication by ordering the journal via their website)
….& more collaborative works with Demilit…
Landscape fiction: Demilit (co-author), “[In]Visible Sites”, published for the exhibition Timing Is Everything, University of California, San Diego, University Art Galley, curated by Michelle Hyun (presented at opening events and accompanied with a La Jolla walk).
Footprinting Secrecy, Volume, number 36, Summer 2013.
They Came To The Desert And Were Consumed By A Flickering Fortress, The State: Speculative Geographies, 2012.
& Even more of my stuff (if you’re still here)…
Journey to the transnational narcopolitical city, DomusWeb, August 24, 2011.
“It’s in Your Nature: I’m Lost in Paris,” (On the work of Francois Roche and RSie), Territory: Architecture Beyond Environment, Volume 80, Issue 3, pages 46–53, May/June 2010. PDF:
“Dangers in the Air: Aerosol architecture and its invisible landscapes,” Alphabet City: Air, Number 15, MIT Press and Alphabet City Media. (An edited excerpt appears at Design Observer, October 21, 2010)
“Spaces for Architectural Discourse, and the Unceasing Labor of Blogging,” MAS Context: Information, Number 7, Fall 2010
“Vieques, Puerto Rico: From Devastation to Conservation and Back Again,” Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review, Volume XVII, Number 1, Berkeley: The International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments (Peer reviewed). PDF:
“La matrícula que no paró de subir: una mirada al presupuesto de la Universidad de California,” Diálogo Digital, May 31, 2010
“Home Cooking,” (on the work of Santiago Cirugeda and his studio, Recetas Urbanas), SAM, Number 2, August 2007, Number 02, 2007, Basel: Swiss Architecture Museum, 48-51.
Here are more book reviews…
“What Is a City?: Rethinking the Urban After Hurricane Katrina,” Historical Geography, Volume 38, 2010, 145-183. PDF:
“The Known World: The State of Mapping,” Forum for Urban Design, 2007
Selected posts from the blog Archives…
Some reviews of our work in press…
Ben Valentine, “Exposing Our Infrastructure: MacroCity Conference Reveals the Secret Machinery of Cities” (about the Macro City conference and walking Oakland’s securitized infrastructure) at core77.
Léopold Lambert, “Weaponised Urbanity” (about Demilit’s Oakland walking tours) for DAMN 09.
Again, see https://ucdavis.academia.edu/javierarbona for more updates.
And here are more links…
A founding member of DM / Demilit / Decoding Military Landscapes:
Demilit is an experimental research and landscape arts collective founded in 2010 by Bryan Finoki, Nick Sowers, and Javier Arbona. We work with various collaborators on specific projects, performances, and improvisational exploring. We draw from architecture, sound art, creative writing, geography and other fields to produce work that encompasses events, texts, web memes, and more.
La Ciudad Usada was a workshop held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to research everyday social uses of the city, while also examining dominant discourses of sustainability and ecology about the transformation of urban realms. La Ciudad Usada was an intensive skills, methods and discussion seminar, open to the public, and hosted by non-profit arts organization BetaLocal, San Juan PR, August 2010 [link].