• Take Shape no. 2: Commute
    Nolan Boomer, Cole Cataneo, and Julia Llinas Goodman
    Take Shape, 2018
    Nolan Boomer, Cole Cataneo, Julia Llinas Goodman & Sean Suchara

Gunnar Birkerts (with students of the College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan), Subterranean Urban Systems Study, 1973–74. Photographic Slide of Perspective Drawing, Gunnar Birkerts and Associates Records. Courtesy of Bentley Historical Library, University of Michigan.

Take Shape is an annual print publication at the intersection of architecture, law, and politics. Its second issue looks the infrastructure of the commute. What types of commutes make people happier? How has the commute shifted design—as subway platforms and train tickets become the subject of endless redesigning? Rather than looking at technocratic band-aid solutions, the second issue of Take Shape aims to explore how community action and urban design can shift outdated conceptions of travel from point A to point B. This is not limited to commutes between home and work, but also commutes undergone for pleasure, education, mourning, humor, or love.

Nolan Boomer is a writer and book artist whose work centers on architecture and technology. His last research-based zine The Cell Tree (2017) looks at the history of cellular towers disguised as trees through the lenses of design, mythology, and biology. He is also a freelance editor for Princeton Architectural Press and Columbia Books on Architecture and the City.

Cole Cataneo is a freelance writer and editor based in Brooklyn. He has previously held positions at Original Copy, an editorial service specializing in architecture and urbanism, and at Hampshire College where he served as an adjunct instructor of architecture. He has contributed to PIN–UP magazine, and his most recent work addresses the blurring of urban public and domestic spaces.

Julia Llinas Goodman is a freelance writer and journalist who works at the intersection of gender, technology, and civil rights. She writes about film and television for culture blog Popdust and is a senior editor at left-wing politics site 50 States of Blue, where she covers policing, labor, housing, and immigration. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Establishment, Jacobin,, and the Columbia Review.

Sean Suchara is a graphic designer based in Long Island and a recent graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology. He has recently worked at design studios Studio Lin and Playlab, Inc.