32 / Character
This issue is dedicated to the memory of architect, author, and educator
Stanley Tigerman (1930-2019)
Welcome to the Character issue. In this issue we explore the opportunities of conjuring fictional characters as a device to demonstrate how a building is experienced, what makes a building have or become a character, and why architects formulate their own persona as a quasi-fictional character. Join us as we consider architecture in literary terms in order to reimagine how buildings can communicate with audiences through form, expression, structure, type, decoration, experience, narrative, and metaphor.
Contributions by Ellie Abrons, Joseph Altshuler, Jon Astbury, Gem Barton, T.E. Cames, Jimmy Carter, Design With Company, elii, Grant Gibson, Iker Gil, Joanna Grant, Jason Griffiths, Brian Guido, Stewart Hicks, Andrew Holder, Sam Jacob, Julia Jamrozik, Max Jarosz, Ania Jaworska, María Jerez, Coryn Kempster, Jimenez Lai, Morris Lesser, Eu Jin Lim, John McMorrough, Julia McMorrough, Michael Meredith, Norell/Rodhe, Office of Political Innovation, Zack Ostrowski, Joanne Preston, Paul Redmond, Collin Rowe, Adrian Shaughnessy, Barbara Stauffacher Solomon, Joshua G. Stein, Stanley Tigerman, and Tania Tovar Torres.
Issue designed by Jimmy Luu.
Introduction by Iker Gil, Editor in Chief of MAS Context
Why We Got Into Character
Essay by Design With Company
Character and Composition, A Response
Text and project by Design With Company
The Space of Representations
Sam Jacob in conversation with Stewart Hicks
Text and diagrams by Joseph Altshuler
Michael Meredith Wants to Be Horizontal and Fuzzy
Stewart Hicks interviews Michael Meredith
Assemblages of Ordinary Life
Text by Iker Gil. Chronology by Office of Political Innovation.
Growing up Modern: A Family Story
Text and photographs by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster
Stories of Dingbat Dwellers
Text by Joshua G. Stein. Photographs by Paul Redmond.
The Classy Order
Project by Ania Jawarska in collaboration with Zack Ostrowski
Playing With Paint and Space
Adrian Shaughnessy interviews Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
Looking to Introduce Something Inconvenient
Stewart Hicks interviews Jimenez Lai. Photographs by Brian Guido.
Essay by Ellie Abrons
Project by Norell/Rodhe
Text and project by Joanna Grant
Script by Julia and John McMorough
My Dad is Better Than Yours
Exclusive Behind-the-Scenes Interviews with Three Shortlisted Contestants at the 9th Annual Architecture Awards
Text by Gem Barton
Alma de Rímel & The Glammatics
Project by María Jerez and elii
Character and the Character
Essay by Andrew Holder
When Architecture is Turned into a Criminal
Essay by Tania Tovar Torres
Character and Cities of To-morrow
Essay by Joanne Preston
I on the Streets
Project and images by Jason Griffiths
Text and drawings by Eu Jin Lim
Is Romanticism Alive and Well and Living in America?
A review by Morris Lesser
Construction of an Architect
Essay by Jimmy Carter
The Forensic Criticism of N. Ratsby in The Architectural Review
Essay by Jon Astbury
Essay by Max Jarosz
Introducing the Black Bird
A conversation between architect Grant Gibson and his late partner T.E. Cames