Issue 13


Graphic design by Iker Gil
Cover design by Klaus

The concept of ownership, the exclusive rights and control over a property of any kind, has existed for centuries and in all cultures. Whether state, collective or personal, ownership is probably one of the most determining factors not only in defining our built environment but in the way we have shaped our society. But what if the way we live has changed? Can we redefine ownership to adapt it to the needs of the society? Can that redefinition provide new opportunities for our built environment? This issue will be dedicated to examining ownership in our current culture, ancient traditions, legal system and physical environment.

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Mas issue ownership cover opening

Moving Beyond Buyer and Seller

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

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Invention and Tradition

Essay by Denise Scott Brown, architect, planner, urban designer: principal of Venturi Scott Brown and Associates, and theorist, writer and educator

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Suburbia Gone Wild

Text and images by photographer Martin Adolfsson

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Everything is a Remix

Iker Gil interviews Kirby Ferguson, writer, director, editor and author of the Everything is a Remix series

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Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Essay by Benjamin Brichta, the Network Architecture Lab, an experimental unit at the Columbia University GSAPP directed by Kazys Varnelis

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Ownership is Dead

Essay by architect Eleanor Chapman

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On the Question of #whOWNSpace

Essay by Quilian Riano on behalf of the #whOWNSpace collaborative project

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Cape Town: The City Without and Within the White Lines

Essay by Killian Doherty, architect and lecturer in Rwanda

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The Party is Over

Essay and photographs by architect Pedro Hernández

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Cooperative Dream

Iker Gil interviews Jeanne Gang

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Negotiating Legality

Projects by Santiago Cirugeda, architect and director of Recetas Urbanas

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Urban interventions by street artist and designer XAM

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Bridging the Tracks: Air Rights Development and the Urban Fabric

Essay by William F. Baker and Richard F. Tomlinson II

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Obsessive Consumption

Text and illustrations by Kate Bingaman Burt