Issue 27


Graphic design by Leo Burnett Department of Design

Welcome to our Debate issue. This issue explores the role of debates, ones that have taken place as well as ones that should take place. How are these debates constructive exchanges of opposing positions? What are the topics of those impassioned discussions? What are the issues at stake? What are the venues, physical or virtual, historic or current, in which these debates take place? What conditions favor the generation of these debates? Who participates in these debates, who is the audience, and who should be the audience? And ultimately, what are the outcomes of these debates? We hope you take part of the debate.

Mas issue debate cover opening
Mas issue debate cover opening

Constructive Debates

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

Mas issue debate identifying the designer as worker 01

Identifying the Designer as Worker

Essay by Peggy Deamer, Quilian Riano, and Manuel Shvartzberg on behalf of The Architecture Lobby

Mas issue debate sexism is still with us 01

Sexism Is Still With Us

Essay by Justine Clark

Mas issue debate credit check 01

Credit Check

Essay by Adrian Shaughnessy

Mas issue debate design and violence 01

Design and Violence

Zoë Ryan interviews Paola Antonelli

Mas issue debate platform project 01

#platform project

Project by Mimi Zeiger and Neil Donnelly

Mas issue debate its not what you say its what you do 04

It’s Not What You Say, It’s What You Do

Iker Gil and Ann Lui interview Stanley Tigerman

Mas issue debate by jason pickleman 07

Debate by Jason Pickleman

Illustrations by Jason Pickleman

Mas issue debate designer as degenerate 05

Designer As Degenerate

Jessica Barrett Sattell interviews Dgenerator

Mas issue debate a heroic debate 01

A Heroic Debate

A Heroic Debate by Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, and Mark Pasnik

Mas issue debate in plain sight 01

In Plain Sight, An Architectural Hit List

Essay by Max Kuo with illustrations by Max Kuo, Olivia Heung, Annie Schneider, and LeeAnn Suen

Mas issue debate vocalization machines 01

Vocalization Machines

Project by Christina Shivers

Mas issue debate expressing opposing opinions through buttons 01

Expressing Opposing Opinions Through Buttons

Button selection by Busy Beaver Buttons Co.

Mas issue debate the dress like no other 01

#TheDress Like No Other

Text by Craig Shparago