Article by Prof. Ozayr Saloojee: Hit and Run: A Fable of Gallows, Gardens, and Grief

January 7, 2024

Associate Professor Ozayr Saloojee has written an article that he describes as a “fever-dream letter” to himself following a deadly vehicle attack on a Muslim family in London, Ont. in 2021.


The article, Hit and Run: A Fable of Gallows, Gardens, and Grief, was recently published in the Avery Review, an online journal of the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation.


Hybrid and epistolary, it has “roots and landscapes and anchors from many different geographies and many different times,” writes Dr. Saloojee. 


“This fever dream is a small marriage of anger, vulnerability, and, I hope, tenderness—some things that I believe we need quite a lot more of in architecture these days,” he says. “There will be some difficult things in this text, so I will understand, too, if you need to step away or if you need to stop reading. And I ask—gently—that you please come back.”


Read the article here.