• Project: A Journal for Architecture, Issue No. 4 & Issue No. 5
    Alfie Koetter, Daniel Markiewicz, and Emmett Zeifman
    Consolidated Urbanism, 2014
    A Journal for Architecture

Ensamble Studio, Telcel Theater, 2013, Mexico City, Mexico. Courtesy of Ensamble Studio and Consolidated Urbanism.

Issue Four of Project continues ongoing discussions that carry through previous issues of the journal: on contemporary aesthetics; the current state of academic discourse and institutional structures; the potential uses of historical materials in the development of a new project; and more. It extends these into discussions of the present relevance of the picturesque, mannerism and postwar housing, as well as into interrogations of architectural mediums and the constraints and possible ambitions of contemporary architectural practice. New projects by E2A Architects and Ensamble Studio are presented in-depth, while the Taiwanese and US pavilions from the 2014 Architecture Biennale in Venice are reviewed. The issue features polemical writings and projects by Andrew Atwood, Andrew Holder, Michael Meredith and Samuel Stewart-Halevy; essays and criticism by Andrew Leach, Kyle Miller, Luke Studebaker, and Emmett Zeifman; conversations with Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu (SO-IL), Sylvia Lavin, and Mark Rakatansky; and readings on color and preservation, architectural feelings, photographic oddities, and Mumbai's plastic industry. Erin Besler's installation The Entire Situation is featured on the cover and throughout the issue.

Issue Five of Project continues ongoing discussions that carry through previous issues of the journal: on architecture's medium specificity; contemporary aesthetics; color; the historical legacy of modernism. It also opens new discussions of materials and material science, the competition model, parametrics, regionalism, and more. New projects by MVRDV, Young & Ayata, and Zago Architects are presented in-depth and in full color. The issue features polemical writings and projects by Abigail Hoover, Nathan Hume and Gillian Shaffer, Michael Szivos, and Clark Thenhaus; essays and criticism by Pep Aviles, Parsa Khalili, and Tyler Survant and Mark Talbot; conversations with Preston Scott Cohen, Garrett Ricciardi and Julian Rose (Formless Finder), and Urtzi Grau and Cristina Goberna (Fake Industries Architectural Agonism); and readings on readings, infrastructure, Memphis, ruins, and architectural history. Moving towards its sixth issue and beyond, Project has established a distinctive identity as a pointed, serious forum for work on the discipline of architecture today.

Alfie Koetter is a founding editor of Project and a studio critic and the director of exhibitions at the Yale School of Architecture. He has also taught at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University. He received his MArch from the Yale School of Architecture and his BS in Urban and Regional Studies from Cornell University. He has worked at the offices of Koetter Kim and Associates, Gauthier Architects, Mario Campi Architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox, and WORKac.

Daniel Markiewicz is a founding editor of Project and an architectural designer at Diller Scofidio + Renfro in New York. He previously worked as a research assistant and designer at Plan B Architecture + Urbanism, where he led an investigation into developing a sustainability index for cities. He received his MArch from the Yale School of Architecture, where he was awarded the William Wirt Winchester Traveling Fellowship, the H. I. Feldman Prize (with Ryan Welch) and the James Gamble Rogers Memorial Fellowship. Prior to attending Yale, he received his BS in civil engineering and architecture from Princeton University, where he received the William Feay Shellman Traveling Prize.

Emmett Zeifman is a founding editor of Project and an instructor in design studio and visual studies at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He holds an MPhil in architecture (with first-class distinction) from the University of Cambridge, where he was the 2013-14 Yale Bass Scholar in Architecture, an MArch from the Yale School of Architecture, where he was awarded the George Nelson Scholarship and the Janet Cain Seilaff Award, and a BA (with first-class honors in English literature) from McGill University. He has worked in the offices of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York and was coeditor of the Yale publication Re-thinking Chongqing: Mixed-Use and Super-Dense. He recently completed the Central Hub of the acclaimed experimental opera Hopscotch in Los Angeles, in collaboration with Constance Vale.

Project is a journal for architecture. Publishing both visual and written work, it is a forum for architects who take strong positions and engage in debate and critical evaluation of the field. Each issue includes an insert devoted to visual presentations of contemporary projects. The journal also features writing in several formats: concise, polemical statements by young architects and critics; extended conversations with significant figures in the field; long-form critical essays; and short readings by young writers of provocative images and projects. Project is published by Consolidated Urbanism, Inc.