• Flat Out, Issues 1 and 2
    Penelope Dean
    Flat Out, 2016
    Penelope Dean

Cover of Flat Out 1 (Fall 2016), James Goggin, designer, Cody Hudson, illustrator.

Flat Out is a semi-annual magazine that enacts genres of architectural criticism and polemic through fifteen imaginary personas played by a diverse set of authors each time. Our contributors are to their characters what Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Daniel Craig are to James Bond; what Julie Newmar, Eartha Kitt, and Michelle Pfeiffer are to Catwoman. You don't need to know who they are, just what they're saying when they are playing someone else. Flat Out emanates from America's midwestern plains, where the forgotten and discarded confront the not-yet-imagined.

Penelope Dean is associate professor of architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago where she teaches theory, history and design, and serves as coordinator for the Master's of Arts in Design Criticism program. Her research focuses on contemporary architectural culture with a particular emphasis on the recent exchanges between architecture and the allied design fields. Dean's writings have appeared in Architectural Design, Harvard Design Magazine, Log, Praxis, and TransScape. Her completed book manuscript Choice by Design was supported by a Visiting Scholars Residency at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal. Dean received her BArch from the University of Technology Sydney, MArch from the Berlage Institute Rotterdam, and PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles.