Fold X Editor’s Note

ELAINA BERKOWITZ (M.Arch 17′) ‘Value’ is the theme we seek to explore as members of The Architecture Lobby @ YSoA – a group of students who aim to articulate the value of architecture, and its production, for ourselves and the public. The Architecture Lobby was founded by Yale professor Peggy Deamer […]

Selling Architecture

MISHA SEMENOV (M.Arch 18′) This Thursday in his Formal Analysis course, Peter Eisenman announced to Yale’s first-year students that “architecture won’t solve housing problems, so we have to figure out what problems architecture does solve.” The “solutions” presented that class, the details of Bramante’s corner resolutions and pochés, had, he […]

Clocking In: A Checkup

JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT (M.Arch ’16) In this semester’s first issue of Paprika, I set out a plan to track the hours I spend in studio at Rudolph Hall in a self-reported public timesheet. I invited all who are interested to join me, and 14 people did. Of that group, only five of […]

The Value of Good Practice: Interview with Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli

LUKE ANDERSON (M.Arch ’16) Known for design excellence as well as creating an excellent place to work, Cesar Pelli of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects tells us about the relationship between good design and good practice. Luke Anderson: Do you think that paying architects fairly for their work produces better work, […]

Black in Design: A Reflection

FRANCESCA CARNEY (M.Arch ’17) Hundreds of beautiful moments happened this weekend at the Black in Design Conference hosted and organized by the African American Student Union at the GSD. It was a gathering of people from around the country addressing and discussing cultural and racial issues within design fields. Over a […]

The Artist’s Architect: Notes from the Olafur Eliasson Studio

MADDY SEMBLER (M.Arch ’17) Taylor Dover pursues a post-architecture education by working for artist Olafur Eliasson. Maddy Sembler:  I’m very interested to know how you began working for Olafur. Did you work for artists or art institutions before? Taylor Dover: The short answer would be no, I never worked for anyone […]

Our Own Narratives: My experience at the Black in Design Conference

ABENA BONNA (M.Arch ’18) Dialogue. Scale. Pedagogy. These words resonated with me during the Black in Design Conference, which I attended with Francesca Carney (March ’17) this past weekend at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. They touch upon how we can critique definitions of process, growth, and inclusivity, as well […]

The Pledge

Last semester, a total of 68 students from YSoA, Harvard GSD, and Columbia GSAPP signed The Pledge, which is an agreement developed by The Architecture Lobby, asking students to uphold the value of architectural labor when seeking a job. The three points of the pledge are as follows:   Refuse […]

Lean Meat

MICHAEL LOYA (Joint Degree SOM ’18 M.Arch ’18) “Nice rendering.” One of the more frequent utterances of a young critic, both an empty compliment and signal of the moment in which the whole room should shuffle a few feet to the right.  A curious occurrence, the short exchange illustrative of the […]

Rethinking Studio Culture

MATTHEW ZUCKERMAN (M.Arch 17′) The Yale School of Architecture is a total institution. The term, coined by the sociologist Erving Goffman in 1957, refers to an isolated social system which controls all aspects of participants’ lives.  Like many other demanding academic environments, the YSOA is an institution acutely insulated from the […]

3 Days, 3 Publics: The State of the Art of Architecture at the Chicago Biennial.

DANIEL GLICK-UNTERMAN (M.Arch 17′) and MISHA SEMENOV (M.Arch 18′) “You fuck this up and you’ll set Chicago architecture back for years.” -Stanley Tigerman (M.Arch ‘61) to Sarah Herda, co-director of the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial This weekend, correspondents Daniel Glick-Unterman and Misha Semenov traveled to Chicago to represent P A […]


WESLEY HIATT (M.Arch ’17) “$100,000 for that little sound – and I’m like, ‘Come on! Where’s the love at?’ I’ll just play it my damn self.”[1] – J Dilla, 2003 New York City, 1975 – A Disco DJ cuts back and forth between tracks to keep a crowd moving. Techniques […]

Pity in Pink

PEARL HO (M.Arch 16′) In India, one rape occurs every twenty two minutes. Many of us were raised to have a certain respect for the man-made landscape, seeing in the built environment a neutral canvas, a place for us all to sketch out the contours of our common existence. But […]

Lesbos: The Possibilities of an Island

DAPHNE AGOSIN and GREGORY CARTELLI   The word island comes from the Latin word insula and the old French word isle – the meanings behind which refer to the idea of detachment and formlessness. The defining characteristics of an island appear to be “smallness” and “remoteness”. There is a sense […]

Design in Public and the Seattle Design Festival

SUSAN SURFACE (MArch ’12) Program Director, Design in Public Design in Public, a strategic initiative of the American Institute of Architects Seattle, is the 501(c)3 entity that produces the Seattle Design Festival. Its stated vision is of “a future Seattle – recognized as a world design capital – where communities, […]

Interview with Saskia Sassen

JUAN PABLO PONCE DE LEON with SURRY SCHLABS Interview with Saskia Sassen A recurring theme in your recent book, Expulsions, is the importance of “making visible” the processes of expulsion – deregulation, financialization, “predatory formations” – which are allowed to thrive, thanks in great part to their impenetrably complex, “subterranean” […]

Fold VIII Editor’s Note

AMRA SARIC (YC ’17) and EDWARD WANG (YC ’16) How are buildings shot, time-lapsed or surveyed? What is the architect to the set designer – nemesis or bedfellow? Is the moving image of the city better? We begin this issue with such provocations to investigate architecture through the video camera […]

Interview with Deborah Berke

AMRA SARIC (YC ’15) and EDWARD WANG (YC ’16) speak with DEBORAH BERKE EW Congratulations! What was your initial reaction to the news? Did you find out in the same abrupt way that we did? DB There is a search process for the dean, and I went through the process, […]

Augmented Bodies

DIONYSUS CHO (M.Arch ’15) Each of us today possesses two bodies: the primitive body that a human being always possessed and the virtual body that has come into being with the spread of the media. The former seeks the beautiful light and fresh breeze found in nature. The other body […]

Wasteland Baroque and the Mobile Metropolis in Mad Max: Fury Road

CRISTIAN ONCESCU (M. Arch ’14) On the tabula rasa of the post-apocalyptic wasteland, director George Miller invents a constantly mobile version of civilization comprised of the detritus of our own world.[1] Author Justin McGuirk identifies the vast emptiness of Mad Max: Fury Road’s Namibian desert as home to neither infrastructure […]

Mirror, Mirror

PREETI TALWAI (M.E.D. ’16) Screens large and small, overflowing with moving digital images, are ubiquitous in our built environment. From airport terminals to smartphones, they are integral to our everyday physical and social infrastructures. Cultural theorists have developed various nomenclatures for these omnipresent interfaces, including MediaSpace, everyware, and the ambient. […]

Architecture on Film: Hernan Diaz-Alonso Studio (II)

MICHAEL MILLER (M.Arch ’15) (Imagine a Piranesi etching: its drama, its contrasts, its tiny silhouettes, its spatial layering, overlapping bridges, hanging chains, and puffs of steam from an impenetrable beyond. Form and spatial narrative are the essence of these drawings; the architecture is formed around and because of these ideas.) […]

Architecture on Film: Hernan Diaz-Alonso Studio (I)

HANK MEZZA (M.Arch ’15) Last year I took two unconventional advanced studios: in the fall, FAT — the late, radical, London-based firm emphasized design heavily rooted in reference that used the symbols of culture to subvert culture itself; in the spring — Hernan Diaz-Alonso’s studio focused on butchery and animation […]

Architecture on Film: Keller Easterling Studio

LILA JIANG CHEN (M.Arch ’16) The premise of the Spring 2015 urban studio led by Keller Easterling was rather broad: resiliency in Bridgeport. While specific site, client, and program were not named, a unique collaborative effort generated a clear set of goals for implementation and offered a chance to shed […]

Still Life: Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera

KATIE COLFORD (YC ’16) Dziga Vertov’s final note on the score for his famed “Man with a Movie Camera” calls for the “loudest sound you have ever heard,” as John McKay described at the recent Whitney Humanities Center screening of the classic 1929 film. At the screening, the three members […]

J. Irwin Miller Symposium: “A Constructed World”

YANBO LI (YC ‘16) has coffee with BIMAL MENDIS (YC ’02, M.Arch ’98) and JOYCE HSIANG (YC ’03, M.Arch ’99)   Y: In your mind, how do the exhibition and symposium relate to one another? J: It always started as a conversation. It was an exhibition where you looked at the idea of the […]