Ut Eruas et Destruas,
Ut Plantes et Aedifices
The word “building” is both a noun and a verb. As architects, we know the noun. We, of course, draw buildings. As a verb, we also build trust, build relationships, and we build communities: both physical and emotional. By its nature, building is a slow process. Building takes time. The longer the tension builds, however, the greater the impact typically is. For example, the issue you are now opening up and reading took two years to build: from project proposal to posting of the call, essay submission, peer review, editing, and production. Many people were involved, from editors, authors, and reviewers to ACSA staff, designers, and copyeditors, as well as the people who physically printed the issue. We hope that there is an impact, something that many in academia talk about. Still, scholarly impact is hard to measure and, relative to our twenty-four-hour news cycle, it is even more challenging for scholarship to compete with Instagram, Twitter, and other forms of social media. And given all that has gone on in the past year, there is a lot to discuss. And, as an Editorial Board, we have struggled with how responsive we can be to current events. Should we do an issue on BLM or the pandemic? When printed two years from now, what will be the impact?