The Moment Before
The architectural discipline is constantly required to define the conditions of its existence. The forces of territory and property attempt to structure a catharsis for architecture as a final artifact measured by a system where value exists in the future. Such an opaque moment of compliance and resolution can be rebelled against without building a single thing, where desire is strongest and not yet obtained.
This issue of Paprika! invites contributors to ponder questions of discipline and practice by asking - what is the moment before architecture? We focus on curating a spectrum of approaches between the abstract and the concrete, relating not to a built object but to a process. As we become active observers, this issue’s canvas serves as a host to an elaborate array of anxieties, anticipation, and love. We don’t wait, we simply persist at the moment before.