Mad Libs

“Architecture is the art of how to eat space.” – Ziyue Liu (M. Arch I, ‘18) “Architecture is the art of how to poop space.” – Gwyneth Bacon-Shone (M. Arch I, ‘19) “Architecture is the art of how to melt space.” – Paul Wu (M. Arch I, ‘20)   “Form […]

The Generative Power of Naming & Drawing

VICTOR AGRAN (Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture)   Drawing has evolved as a rhetorical device and a method of conveying ideas to patrons and larger audiences. The dominant paradigms of drawing remained largely constant from the Renaissance until the recent digital revolution, and drawing as a discipline worked within established […]

Editor’s Statement

What’s in a name? As a customary, and indeed, necessary expression of language, names are a familiar aspect of human communication, a way to create and understand meaning in the world. Not only can they make the unknown identifiable, but also furnish comfort in the familiar. Sometimes descriptive and sometimes […]

Finals Week in 295 Time Slots

Friday December 8   8:00 am           Model 8:00 am           Studio 8:00 am           studio 8:00 am           MODEL 9:00 am           Studio 9:00 am           Model 9:00 am           model 9:00 am           Studio 9:00 am           Studio 9:00 am           model 10:30 am         d 10:00 am         model 10:00 am         Studio 10:00 am         study model 10:00 am         Studio […]

On The Ground

1/25 After slaving away in the studio pit until early hours of the morning, First-years have their first review on their analytical monster model, giving them their first taste of working in groups. There is a piñata on the 4th floor. No word on what it’s filled with though.   […]

Stamp Collecting

RICHARD GREEN (M.ARCH II, ’17) Ernest Rutherford, pioneer of nuclear physics, is reported to have claimed that “all science is either physics or stamp collecting.” While such a statement is unlikely to have helped Rutherford befriend many chemists or biologists, it reveals an intriguing division. Physics is deemed profound, fundamental, […]

book review /bo͝ok rəˈvyo͞o/

RAY WU (M.ARCH ’19) noun [Old English boc “book, writing, written document,” generally referred (despite phonetic difficulties) to Proto-Germanic *bokiz “beech.” / Review, mid-15c., “an inspection of military forces,” from Middle French reveue “a reviewing, review,” noun use of fem. past participle of reveeir “to see again, go to see […]

Decoding Regionalism among the Navajo

KARLA CAVARRA BRITTON (Lecturer, Yale School of Architecture) To appreciate architecture is to value it as a work of an architect grappling with the meanings of place, locale, geography, and language. Sacred form is where one sees with particular immediacy a record to the undiminished power that place names have […]

Prison Talk: A New Lexicon

JOLANDA DEVALLE (M.ARCH II, ’18) In response to the New Yorker article by Bill Keller, “Reimagining Prisons with Frank Gehry” published on December 21, 2017. “As students laid out their cardboard models for inspection and pinned up their master plans, it was clear that most had ignored the part about […]

Proust, Onomastics, and Representation

ELIA ZENGHELIS (Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor, Yale School of Architecture) When in my youth I joined Rem Koolhaas to form an architectural practice, one of the first objectives that emerged was to give it a name: after initially contemplating such names as The Doctor Caligari Cabinet of Architecture, we settled […]

The Named and the Unnamed

ELISA ITURBE (M.ARCH, ’15) — As architects, we try and make sense of the world through image, word, and form. But what does it mean to make sense? Sense is the root of sensual, sensory, and sensation. In French, sentir refers to olfactory perception, while in Spanish, it means to […]


CEM ATL Do the words “classical,” “traditional,” and “vernacular” have specific meanings, or are they catch-alls for designating postmodernist fantasies of style—while lending postmodernist projects an aura of depth far greater than style or fashion can ever achieve by itself? I’ve been working recently at defining the three words based […]

Under the Pretense

BRIAN CASH (M.ARCH I, ’19) Over the years, I have come to expect a look of confusion each time I state that I attended Miami University as an undergraduate. Not to be confused with the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, Miami University calls the Midwest its home. The […]

Sweet Home Tenayuca: Josef Albers and the Multiplicity of Meaning

SURRY SCHLABS (PHD, ’18) In the late 1930s, while on sabbatical from Black Mountain College, Josef Albers embarked on a series of projects exploring the problem of “permanent change”[1] in visual art, a course of research and production interrogating the ambiguity of linear construction and the relational nature of color, […]

From Watergate to My Grandmother’s House

AYMAR MARINO-MAZA (M.ARCH II ’17) All people and places mentioned below are entirely drawn from the writer’s family life. Any association to current political figures or events is entirely due to the reader’s gross misinterpretation. It was Baudrillard who said that the Watergate scandal was not really all that scandalous. […]