Journal 2

Editorial Note: paprika! does pedagogy The teaching of architecture today is, we think, tragically haphazard. Perhaps that is because architecture is the odd profession out. Unlike medicine, where patients receive definitive cures, we never settle for buildings which merely work; instead, we insist on inhabiting a subjective realm. Or, as […]

All business at Evans Hall

KIRK HENDERSON (M.Arch, M.B.A, ’16) Evans Hall, Yale’s shiny new home for the School of Management, may be as fragile as a piece of paper. Let me offer a most quotidian example: Earlier this year, the student government requested a place for that most common collegiate item: a notice-board for […]

Cruelly acontextual Minutes from YSoA Final Reviews, Fall 2014

HARPER KEEHN (Yale College) The exterior condition meets interior condition. Becomes architectural. Can you say that without using the word “condition”? Basically it’s a square and very very strong. Basically it’s a black square. I’m worried that you’re telling yourself something that isn’t true. Can you explain? A lot of […]

The Pedagogical Pyramid

JOHN WAN (M.Arch ’16) How do we critique the critic? At a Fall 2014 midterm review, one student’s project was singled out for lying far outside the well-trodden path of academic discourse. More than dynamic form, sinuous facades or an interplay of masses in light, it undermined established norms of […]

Moving Slowly

HARPER KEEHN (Yale College) My grandpa would have said: “Don’t just do something; stand there.” \ We should take seriously the quiet exhortation that Billy Tsien and Tod Williams delivered in their lecture last semester: it is important “to move slowly” in architecture. This is because the product of our […]

Workspace Survey

JACK BIAN (M.Arch ’16) In December, the second-year M.Arch I students presented their final drawings and models for a new school of design on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania. During the fall semester, each student was engaged not only in the design of a building but also in research […]

How long should we have on an Architecture Project?

JACK BIAN (M.Arch ’16) How much time should we have on an architecture project? How long do we have to work on a project? What’s this idea of life-long project? What mark do we leave behind; a heroic statement engraved with our names? Having been given a semester to produce […]

No More Houses

ERIC PETERSON (MED ’15) During a regrettable shopping period where I sat in on no less than 8 two-hour long seminars (only one of which I actually ended up enrolling in) I shopped an urban planning class at the School of Forestry. The instructor, David Kooris, the head urban planner […]

The Sisyphus Incentive

HUGO FENAUX (M.Arch ’16) I Sisyphus was a sly king . . . His avarice and cunning upset the Gods, and so he was punished with the curse of endless and meaningless repetition. But Sisyphus, the craftiest of men, was not one to suffer alone. They built the first one […]

The Growth-Ring City, Or the City of Eternity

XINYI WANG (M.Arch ’16)   BIRTH All seeds disperse from the central point. It’s a white sphere structure with an opening, spinning at a constant speed. Behind the opening is a passage leading down to an underground structure, enormous but unseen from the ground. Every minute there comes out from […]

Palimpsest: Ambivalence and Validity in Gwathmey’s Addition to Rudolph Hall

CHARLES KANE (M.Arch ’16) Ambivalence — not apathy as the word is sometimes misconstrued, but vacillation — defines Gwathmey’s Loria Center. Journalists wrote many articles about the Rudolph Hall renovation (formerly the Art and Architecture Building) and the Loria Center construction in 2008. As with most building critiques, the analysis […]

A Visit to the Glass House: Something Opaque

ANDREW STERNAD (M.Arch ’16) The mist hissed from the ground like the front yard sprinklers of a suburban home. One could almost imagine children running across the manicured lawn. On a visit to the Glass House with a group of Yale architecture students one afternoon last September, the mood was […]

Equality in Design

ELISA ITURBE (M.Arch F.E.S ’15), MAYA ALEXANDER (M.Arch ’15) As a coalition of committed students, Equality in Design demands that architecture become a profession that provides equal access for all who aspire to its pursuits. We recognize the power architects have in shaping society and the built environment. As such, […]

Thoughts on the pluralism of the YSoA

DANIEL LUSTER (M.Arch ’15) “People in those old times had convictions; we moderns only have opinions. And it needs more than a mere opinion to erect a Gothic cathedral.” – Heinrich Heine Recently, I have been struck by the differences of the YSOA’s many approaches to architecture. The same students […]

The Subject of Space: Mark Rothko & his Chapel

IAN SPENCER (M.Arch ’15) Space is not the exclusive domain of architecture. It might have been, once, when representation reigned in the art world and any spatial pretensions in painting were limited to the recognizably real. Real rooms, real walls, real windows, and real scenes rearranged within the frame, idealized […]

On The Ground

NICOLAS KEMPER (M.Arch ’16)   FIRST ASSIGNMENTS The whining hum of a student’s newly purchased drone pierced the air while we gathered for lottery; only two women were among the sixteen architects assembled, though decidedly more engaging presentations were given than those last year. Houses were the main theme. PIER […]