Issue 23


Cover lettering by Nick Adam
Cover photography by Ross Floyd

Welcome to our Ordinary issue. This issue seeks to explore the value of commonness and the everyday environment. It focuses on those elements that go unnoticed or that we take for granted, from buildings and objects to experiences and traditions. We look at the ordinary elements of life that are worth rediscovering and celebrating, as well as look ahead to what will become ordinary in the future.

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Mas issue ordinary cover opening

Revisiting the Ordinary

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

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Can Architecture Be Ordinary?

Essay by Deborah Fausch

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The Brain is Square

Essay by Alberto Campo Baeza

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There Is No There There

Project by Michael Hirschbichler

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There’s Nowt So Ordinary as Folk

Short essay by Ordinary Architecture (Elly Ward and Charles Holland)

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Precise Response, Novel Future

Text and photographs by Michal Ojrzanowski

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Designing for Other Things to Happen

Essay by Rojkind Arquitectos

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Zen and the Ordinary

Short essay by Henry Shukman

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Commercial Strip Tease

Essay by David Karle

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Domestic Hats

Installation by Jennifer Bonner

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In Suburbia

Short essay by Tom Keeley

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A First Look at China

Text and photographs by Steven Montgomery

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Wrong Chairs

Project by Norman Kelley (Carrie Norman and Thomas Kelley)