Plate: Volume 1.0 Launch

Architectural pedagogy can be a shifty character, one that takes on many guises. But fundamental to architectural pedagogy at Cornell AAP is the rigorous development of critical thought, one that privileges the exploration of architectural concepts as informed by the concerns of space, structure, material, history, theory, ecology, culture, and context, as well as the representational processes and tactics that inform their trajectories. Plate is thus conceived on one hand as a demonstration of a Cornell pedagogy and on the other as giving presence to the multiple voices who develop those pedagogies into a collection of unique manifestations and atmospheres. For Plate is intentionally not a broad or comprehensive record of work, but a sense of a design studio's engagement with and adaptation of a more general set of pedagogical concerns.

In parallel to the projects, each Plate also includes a critical essay that frames the pedagogy of the studio. These essays are either authored by the studio faculty or an invited critic and hope to situate the work of the studio in an expanded discourse. Going forward it is the ambition of Plate to include topical essays and projects from department seminars and lectures.

This first edition, Plate 1.0, has been designed and edited by professor and architecture department chair Andrea Simitch and Dillon Pranger (M.Arch. '15), along with the assistance of a cohort of generous student editors and volunteers.

On Wednesday October 3, 2018 Plate 1.0 will be launched! Individual copies will be sold for $5, with sets of five for $20. ***Cash purchases are strongly encouraged.***

Numerical assignation for each Plate has been developed as follows:

  • "B1_17f" (B.Arch. first year, fall 2017)
  • "B1_18s" (B.Arch. first year, spring 2018)
  • "B2_18s" (B.Arch. second year, spring 2018)
  • "B3_18s" (B.Arch. third year, spring 2018)
  • "M1_17f" (M.Arch. first year, fall 2017)
  • "M1_18s" (M.Arch. first-year, spring 2018)
  • "M2_18s" (M.Arch. second year, spring 2018)
  • "M3_18s" (M.Arch. third year, spring 2018)
  • "O_17f" (Option studios, fall 2017)**
  • "O_18s" (Option studios, spring 2018)

**A limited number of the Baird, Gensler and Strauch endowed studios are available.