Issue 32


Guest edited by Design With Company
Graphic design by Jimmy Luu
Cover by Stanley Tigerman

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.

This issue is dedicated to the memory of architect, author, and educator Stanley Tigerman (1930-2019).

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Welcoming a New Character

Issue statement by Iker Gil, editor in chief of MAS Context

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Why We Got Into Character

Essay by Design With Company

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Character and Composition, A Response

Text and project by Design With Company

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The Space of Representations

Stewart Hicks interviews Sam Jacob

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Character Plotting

Text and diagrams by Joseph Altshuler

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Michael Meredith Wants to Be Horizontal and Fuzzy

Stewart Hicks interviews Michael Meredith

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Assemblages of Ordinary Life

Chronology by Office of Political Innovation with introductory text by Iker Gil

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Growing up Modern: A Family Story

Text and photographs by Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster

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Micro-Modifications: Stories of Dingbat Dwellers

Text by Joshua G. Stein with photographs by Paul Redmond

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The Classy Order

Project by Ania Jaworska in collaboration with Zack Ostrowski

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Playing With Paint and Space

Adrian Shaughnessy interviews Barbara Stauffacher Solomon

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Looking to Introduce Something Inconvenient

Stewart Hicks interviews Jimenez Lai

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Legendary Acts

Essay by Ellie Abrons

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Dead Ringers

Project by Norell/Rodhe

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Getting Cute

Text and project by Joanna Grant

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Makin’ It

Script by Julia and John McMorrough

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Alma de Rímel & The Glammatics

Project by María Jerez and elii

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Character and the Character

Essay by Andrew Holder

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I on the Streets

Project and images by Jason Griffiths

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Drawing Soane’s

Text and drawings by Eu Jin Lim

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Construction of an Architect

Essay by Jimmy Carter

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Lequeu’s Characters

Essay by Max Jarosz

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Introducing the Black Bird

A conversation between architect Grant Gibson and his late partner T.E. Cames