Reconceived to Remain the Same

AARON TOBEY (Ph.D, Yale School of Architecture) The colloquial definition of vernacular architecture, and much of the discourse surrounding it, has long focused on the perpetuation of cultural and location-based formal traditions across space/time, and whether the involvement of professional architects in the construction and perpetuation of such traditions impacts […]

Architecture’s Accidental Audience

BRENNAN BUCK (Critic, Yale School of Architecture) In 2009, artists Brad Troemel and Lauren Christiansen founded The Jogging, a Tumblr blog which featured collaged images of products found online. Each collage was paired with a wall-text-like caption that identified it by title, date, medium, and author. The captions relied on […]

Building Reciprocally

CAITLIN BAIADA (M.Arch I, ‘18), CLAIRE HAUGH (M.Arch I, ‘18), and FRANCESCA XAVIER (M.Arch I, ‘18) Designers find fascination in the mundane – in an ‘everyday’ that seems foreign and strange. However, we too often overlook the construction of social processes that are inevitably shaped, destroyed, and improved by the built […]

White Paint on Empty Sands

DOV FEINMESSER (M.Arch I, ‘16) A Social Construction: Modern Architecture in British Mandate Palestine is an exhibit that first appeared in a smaller format at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem. It is a snapshot of the fascinatingly illustrated, Architecture in Palestine during the British Mandate, 1917-1948, by Ada Karmi-Melamede and […]

That Bodega Down There

EDDIE JOE ANTONIO PÉREZ (B.A. ‘19) At 2am, I run into everyone I’ve ever met at the bodega. I run into that girl I knew in middle school, the couple I saw last week in the park, a cousin grabbing a snack and a Snapple. I overhear two friends I haven’t […]

Everyday Interviews

Gloria Abbott Security guard, Yale School of Architecture P!: What is your general impression of the building? In one or two words, describe how you feel when you are in this space? GA: Well to me, this is my second home! P!: Do you work here all week? GA: Monday […]

Young Architects Should Relocate to Growing Cities

JUSTIN KITSING LAI (M.Arch I, ‘18) Since the Bretton Woods system collapsed in the 70’s, gold has failed to become the standard metric of financial value. This gave rise to fiat currencies: legal tender declared and backed by the issuing government such as the USD, EUR, or RMB. In today’s […]

No New Friends?

KATE FISHER (M.Arch I, ‘19) The idea of Aloha can be applied to the mainland. Aloha, meaning to be a part of the whole, suggests that the responsibility of life is shared, and as in design, the economic, social and cultural vitality of a place is shared across stakeholders. Implementing […]

An Argument Against the Everyday

MARK FOSTER GAGE (Assistant Dean and Associate Professor, Yale School of Architecture) I’m not sure I’m the right person to be writing on the everyday as it’s not really my cup of (everyday Lipton) tea. I’m more of a Lapsang Souchong person. I’m more interested in the disciplinarily anomalous than […]

spectacular@big.dk

ZELIG FOK (M. Arch I ‘19) “Don’t even get me started on Bjarke…” Certain architecture firms can be criticized for their one-liner projects and formal literalism—using diagrams or “fun” references as the sole makeup of an architectural project. Offenders include Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) and Bureau Spectacular, the latter of […]

On The Ground

DAVID BRUCE, DAN WHITCOMBE (M.Arch I, ‘19); ISTVAN VANVIANEN, NADEEN SAFA (M.Arch II, ‘18); DAVID LANGDON, MEGHAN ROYSTER, ROBERT SMITH WATERS, DENISA BUZATU, ZACHARY HOFFMANN, VALERIA FLORES, DYLAN WEISER (M.Arch I, ‘18). 10/2 The reception celebrating the completion of the 50th JIM VLOCK BUILDING PROJECT occurred last Monday. Among the […]

Everyday

HAYLIE CHAN (M.Arch I, ‘18) and KEVIN HUANG (M.Arch I, ‘19) Ferry terminals. Baseball stadiums. Seed vaults. Prisons. Memorials. Markets. Libraries. In almost every design studio here at the Yale School of Architecture, we find ourselves designing for programs that most of us rarely encounter on a daily basis. Our […]