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Queer Vigilantism


MAS CONTEXT Issue 33, 2021
Iker Gil, Editor in Chief
Guest Editors: Germane Barnes and Shawhin Roudbari

But queer people are not merely victims. To draw vigilantism away from its violent connotations and reclaim its connection to justice, I argue for a “queer vigilantism” that destabilizes notions of gender norms, expands the meaning of community, and transforms public spaces into safer spaces. What becomes of a vigilante who questions the types of laws they uphold, the methods that they use, the community they are impacting?






Withdrawn Waters


Urban Omnibus, August 11, 2021
Essay and graphics with Nicolas Kemper and Karolina Czeczek

Spurred by architect Karolina Czeczek’s recent explorations of the infrastructural and social undercurrents of the city’s shared swim spots, our friends at the New York Review of Architecture posed the question: Why does New York no longer build public pools? Nicolas Kemper and A.L. Hu expand on this inquiry below, tracing the increasing prevalence of city pools as private property. Behind this shift lie changing attitudes toward sharing in public life and public goods, in a metropolis of both legendary luxuries and staggering inequities.





Why Does New York No Longer Build Public Pools? 


New York Review of Architecture 21, June & July 2021
Essay and graphics with Nicolas Kemper and Karolina Czeczek






Go With the Flow


New York Review of Architecture 4, September 2019
Guest Editor: Rosana Elkhatib




You Might Think You Know Me


Op-ed for Architect Magazine, 2018

Only after we’ve let go of the gender binary can we begin to come to terms with the underlying, rotting ideologies of inequality—sexism, misogyny, racism, and classism, to name a few—that have been normalized in offices and studios for far too long.



First Generation, Non-Binary, And Just Enough The Way I Am


The Establishment, April 4, 2016

I am a non-binary person. My gender does not fall within the bounds of the male-female binary. I am also a first-generation Asian-American. I wrote this to add to the many stories out there of trans-embodiment. 





Domestic Bodies, Trans Embodiments


LUNCH 11, the graduate student-led journal of School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, 2016

...despite its universality, domesticity is neither neutral nor inclusive. In architectural discourse, is the domestic enough to describe the physical space of the home? Which subjects were written into the dominant domestic narrative, and which identities are excluded? How do we break out of binary oppositions in both language and gender to reframe and reimagine new possibilities for domesticity?