Cornell Journal of Architecture to Release "Fear," volume 11

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February 24, 2020

Organized around the topic of "Fear," volume 11 of the Cornell Journal of Architecture (CJoA) will be released this spring. The journal's latest iteration includes 24 contributions from architects, writers, scholars, and students who approached the theme from different angles and perspectives.

"Despite what the theme may suggest, this installment of the journal may prove to be the most optimistic yet," says Hallie Black (B.Arch. '19), currently a managing editor for the publication. "An awareness of fear has been known to inspire invention, imagination, and substantial change — all of which we believe can lay the groundwork for a more hopeful reality." 

The CJoA is planned primarily by students in the department of architecture's theory and representation class, ARCH 4300/4500: Architectural Publications. The class was taught by associate professor of architecture, Val Warke, who also has served as editor-in-chief since fall 2018 when work on volume 11 began. Work for and beyond the class included a number of different coordinating and editorial roles that were filled by students and recent graduates. The editorial team also worked with professional designer Elana Schlenker to realize a hard copy volume that creatively interprets the interest and organizing principles of the journal, and with assistant professor of architecture Luben Dimcheff, who provided a cover design.

"Since its inception, it has been the intention of the journal that students be fully involved in and responsible for all aspects of production," says Warke. "They develop creative strategies for the coherent unification of the collection of essays and projects much as they might for design projects. The process from start to finish sees that students sharpen their skills in writing, editing, composition, graphics, publishing, and production — all of which most architects will need to use at some point in their careers."

Contributions to volume 11 include "Fearing the Question," an interview with Thom Mayne, and Richard Rosa's introduction to an analysis of OMA's work titled "Ghost Stories: The DNA of OMA." Several pieces illuminating critical aspects of the discipline by dealing with historical and theoretical topics — including Ignacio Galán's "Spatial Genealogies of Present Fears, New York Italians c. 1900," and Marrikka Trotter's "Dead Life: Robert Adam and the Geological Anxiety" — are included along with others, such as Phillip Ursprung's essay titled "Negotiating, Subverting, Reconfiguring Borders in the English-speaking World." 

Students comprising the editorial board of "Fear" include Seo Yun Bang (B.Arch. '20), Rachael Biggane (B.Arch. '19), Ottavia Boletto (B.Arch. '19), Catherine Breen (M.Arch. '20), Mwanzaa Brown (M.Arch. '19), Zachary Calbo-Jackson (B.Arch. '19), Samuel Capps (M.Arch. '18), Lin Sen Chai (M.Arch. '21), Ibrahim Desooky (B.Arch. '18), Ouping Ding (B.Arch. '19), Alexandra Donovan (B.Arch. '18), Lucy Flieger (B.Arch. '19), Brian Havener (M.Arch. '18), Shinhyuk Kim (B.Arch. '18), MuZe Li (B.Arch. '20), Sibei Li (M.Arch. '18), Sumi Li (B.Arch. '20), Melanie Monastirsky (M.Arch. '18), Ellen Park (M.Arch. '19), Ian Pica Limbaseanu (B.Arch. '19), Jing Wei Qian (B.Arch. '20), Sasson Rafailov (B.Arch. '18), David Rosenwasser (B.Arch. '18),  Shovan Shah (M.Arch. '18), Jacob Soley (B.S. URS '20), Beth Tesfaye (B.Arch. '18), Jiaying Wei (B.Arch. '20), Cheryl Xu (M.Arch. '18), Yilin Zhang (M.Arch. '18), Anqing Zhu (M.Arch. '18), and Yuheng Zhu (B.Arch. '20).

"The journal has always been multifaceted," added Warke. "And, it's been many things, including an index of contemporary thought regarding the place of architecture in society, a provocation to both the academy and the profession, and a model of the relationship between representational strategies and architectural theses. It's also been a digest of the various works — designs, writings, and occasionally just images — produced here at Cornell, as well as those produced elsewhere that have a special resonance with our school." 

By Edith Fikes

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