21 / Repetition
Spring 2014


Welcome to our Repetition issue. Through eighteen contributions we immerse into a world of monotony, variation, experimentation, replicas, strategies, simulations, imperfections, and routines. We do so in long and short essays, photo essays, interviews, videos, manifestos, and projects. A combination of contributions that question, embrace, and ultimately work with the topic at hand. On top of the varied format of our contributions you will find another aspect added to the mix. Each contribution is uniquely interpreted by a designer based in Chicago, all under the creative direction of Rick Valicenti and Bud Rodecker from Thirst. A specific identity for each contribution that makes up an issue on repetition. We had fun adding even more variation to the topic. In the end, repetition does not have to be boring.

Contributions by Michelle Benoit, Bianca Bosker, Edward Burtynsky, Livia Corona Benjamin, Panos Dragonas, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, José García Soriano, Iker Gil, James Goggin, Sarah Hirschman, Carmen López Albert, Sergio Lopez-Pineiro, Claude Nicollier, Clara Olóriz Sanjuán, Posconflicto Laboratory, Project_, Patrick Sykes, Neyran Turan, Lyndon Valicenti, Rick Valicenti, and Camilo José Vergara.

Articles designed by Nick Adam, Lauren Ayers, Jeremiah Chiu, Renata Graw, Jinhwan Kim, Jennifer Mahanay, Dan Marsden, Jason Pickleman, Scott Reinhard, Michael Renaud, Bud Rodecker, Isaac Tobin, Rick Valicenti, Katherine Walker, Beth Weaver, and Magdalena Wistuba. Cover photography by Ross Floyd.

  1. Introduction
    True Repetition. Issue statement by Iker Gil,editor in chief of MAS Context.
  2. Posconflicto Laboratory
    Essay by Roberto Soundy. Project by URBANÍSTICA—EMVDU and a—c—t—a.
  3. Harlem Time Tracker
    Text and photographs by Camilo José Vergara.
  4. 10 Rorschach Images
    Project by Ana Miljacki, Lee Moreau, and Sarah Hirschman.
  5. Typo
    Project by NEMESTUDIO.
  6. An Obituary for the Greek City of Repetition
    Essay by Panos Dragonas.
  7. Two Million Homes for Mexico
    Text and photographs by Livia Corona Benjamin.
  8. Belly Flops
    Short Essay by Michelle Benoit.
  9. We Print Because We Can
    Essay by Patrick Sykes.
  10. One Architect, Three Approaches: Bertrand Goldberg’s Early Experiments with Prefabrication, 1937-1952
    Essay by Michelle Benoit.
  11. Repetition as the Crystallization of a Design Method
    Essay by Clara Olóriz.
  12. Breaker Assembly
    Video by Edward Burtynsky.
  13. Original Copies: Inside China’s Imitation Binge
    Essay by Bianca Bosker.
  14. Repeat with Me
    Manifesto by Urtzi Grau and Cristina Goberna, from Fake Industries Architectural Agonism.
  15. Utopias in the Gaps
    Essay by Sergio Lopez-Pineiro. Projects by Holes of Matter.
  16. Building Repetition Through History: Motivations And Implications
    Essay by José García Soriano and Carmen López Albert.
  17. Concealed Carry, Repeat
    Text, photograph, and pattern by James Goggin.
  18. Claude, are you Dreaming, or is this Really Happening?
    Iker Gil interviews Claude Nicollier.
  19. A Clearing in the Woods: Bearing Witness to Change Through Repetition
    Text and photographs by Lyndon Valicenti.