12 / Aberration
Winter 2011


If firmness, utility, and delight are the enduring pinnacles of architectural achievement, then it would appear architecture’s moral destiny is a foregone conclusion. But is it possible that opportunities for valuable cultural insight are being lost out of deference to this legacy? We examine forces, trends, and ideas that enhance the significance of the built environment despite, or due to, their deviant nature.

Contributions by Atelier Olschinsky, Nick Axel, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Vladimir Belogolovsky, Michael Chen, formlessfinder, The Freise Brothers, Iker Gil, Tom Keeley, Emilio López-Galiacho, Jürgen Mayer H., Antonio Rull, Paul Shepheard, John Szot, Lebbeus Woods and Luis Urculo who is also the cover designer.

  1. Introduction
    THE POTENTIAL OF THE TERRITORY BEYOND. Issue statement by Iker Gil and John Szot, co-editors of this issue
  2. The Only Possible World
    Essay by architect and writer Paul Shepheard
  3. Architecture Without Idealism (Of a Sort)
    Essay and project by John Szot, Designer and Founder of John Szot Studio
  4. Game of Ornaments
    Vladimir Belogolovsky interviews Jürgen Mayer H., founder and principal of the cross-disciplinary studio J. Mayer H. Architects
  5. Metropol Parasol
    Essay by Ethel Baraona Pohl from dpr-barcelona. Photographs by Antonio Rull
  6. Boom Bust Rubble Dust
    Essay by Tom Keeley, artist, printmaker, writer and co-author of the fanzine project GO
  7. Terrible Beauty
    Essay by architect and educator Lebbeus Woods followed by an interview with him by John Szot
  8. Cities
    Illustrations by Atelier Olschinsky
  9. Dysfunctional Landmarks
    Projects by Emilio López-Galiacho
  10. Weak Networks and Movement Scales in Architecture
    Essay by Michael Chen, principal of Normal Projects and a faculty member at Pratt Institute School of Architecture
  11. Something Exceptional
    Projects by Luis Urculo, architect and founder of Estudio Luis Urculo
  12. F*ck Your Tectonics
    Profile and interview with NYC’s Formlessfinder by John Szot
  13. Unseen Realities
    Illustrations by the Freise Brothers
  14. Immanent Cartography
    Essay and photographs by Nick Axel