Observations features individual articles focused on the intersection between the built environment and other disciplines. This section is also the home to particular series, such as featuring exhibitions across the world affected by COVID-19, and In Context (a re-contextualization of our archives by our readers).

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Photo Essay

After Demolition

Photo essay by David Schalliol

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Will We, Chicago?

Monthly column by Elizabeth Blasius

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Photo Essay

Where the Sky Meets the Earth

Text and photographs of Structures of Landscape in Tippet Rise by James Florio

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Madrid Diversa: Five Perspectives on the City Through Maps, Photographs, and Sounds

Text by Ariadna Cantis and Javier Peña Ibañez

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At Home with the Collective

Excerpts from a conversation between MAS Context and Alexander Eisenschmidt on a research project that he calls “At Home with the Collective” accompanied by a selection of work from a seminar and studio at UIC.

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G. E. Kidder Smith Builds

Iker Gil interviews Neil Donnelly, Angelo Maggi, Andrea Nalesso, Michelangelo Sabatino, and Siiri Tännler

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On the Origins of High Water

Iker Gil and Mimi Zeiger interview Virginia Hanusik

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F: Reconstituting Tolstoy College

Essay by Liz Park with an introduction by Collective Question

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From the Mississippi Watershed

Iker Gil interviews David Schalliol

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Photo Essay

Eibar, the Factory City

Essay Luis Ulacia and photography by José Ronco with an introduction by Iker Gil

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Photo Essay

Story Poles

Text and photographs by David Schalliol

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John Moutoussamy at 100

Essay by Iker Gil

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This is not the Huarte House

Essay by Patxi Eguiluz and Carlos Copertone

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Catalog for the Post-Human

Project and text by Parsons & Charlesworth

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Helmut Jahn (1940-2021)

Remembering architect Helmut Jahn and his work

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Studio: Architecture’s Offering to Academe

Essay by Denise Scott Brown

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Only Girl Architect Lonely

Essay by Susan King

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Nocturnal Landscapes in Photography: Greg Girard

David Schalliol interviews Greg Girard

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Photo Essay

Home and Away: The Filipino Diaspora and the Built Environment

Text and photographs by Jason Reblando