Editorial Assertion: Identity

WES HIATT (M.Arch I ’17) “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.” – Kurt Vonnegut, Mother Night, 1961 The many and varied figures, movements, and phenomena that have come into being or better visibility in recent memory make evident that the […]


AYMAR MARIÑO MAZA (M.Arch II ’17) Editors note: The author submitted the following to the Coordinating Editors of Paprika in the wake of the recent Presidental election.   Not one but a series of elections, a story of human reason, with or without it. Hidden under skin, under ground, under standings.   […]

Triptych for Marfa

RYAN CONNOLLY (M.Arch ’14), WES HIATT (M.Arch ’17), JONATHAN RIEKE We cannot afford to relinquish the agency of our craft to those who would use it for self-serving political gain. With the results of the recent presidential election, the issues facing our society and its primary institutions, architecture among them, were brought into […]

The Author and the Discipline: A Conversation with Nader Tehrani

Nader Tehrani is Dean of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union and a principal at NADAAA.   Wes Hiatt: This issue’s broad one-word-theme is “Identity.” It is concerned with the architect’s engagement with the politics of identity and attempting to position this as an urgent […]

The Imaginary and the Critical: A Conversation with Cynthia Davidson

Cynthia Davidson is the editor in chief of Log and co-curator of The Architectural Imagination, the 2016 U.S. Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.  Wes Hiatt: Let’s start off with what got us talking about getting together in the first place. That was your reading of Eric Peterson’s criticism of […]

The Individual and the Common: A Conversation with Surry Schlabs

Surry Schlabs is a PhD student at the Yale School of Architecture. Wes Hiatt: You’ve often referred to the Occupy Wall Street movement’s role in foregrounding the problem of public space in American popular and political discourse, noting with some pride that New Haven had the longest running Occupy camp […]