Volume 1 gathered student and faculty work by starting the first submission based process of design work at Wentworth during Fall 2010 for a Launch Party in January 2011. This publication was created to give faculty, students, and alumni an opportunity to publish and engage in a dialogue around the selected work.
WAr's Volume 2 started the trend of a more theme based publication. With this, it invited authors to define 'image' and consider the multiple possibilities to its physical and psychological representations. As many would argue, it's quite difficult to define the boundaries of an 'image'; these topics are intentionally broad allowing for a diverse collection of submissions.
Today we can easily conclude that an image is simply nothing, but everything. It defines us as individuals and reflects how we perceive our surroundings and how we express ourselves to the world. We believe we live in a time where everything is visual and here is where creating a good image is key.
The third volume took on the subject of "Build" as it encompasses many of our everyday conversations in architecture and design. Submissions selected were based on the premise of conveying interesting and unique perspectives on what "Build" means in various contexts.
To build is to build forever. First, uninhibitedly with our minds. We flirt with obscurity, and our eyes open to what is not. Our mind and eyes guide our hand, slowly syncing the hand with imagination. Our hand builds over and over, until the mind, eye, and appendage are in unison. Then we speak; we communicate what is not, and build with others. Minds, eyes, and hands like machines produce an image; a representation of what is to be. After too long and without enough time, we build again, together, still uncertain. Our machine grows. Our machine uses machines that use machines, until it is built.
Rather than leaving the occurrences of the built surroundings to chance, the contents of this issue suggest that the architect has the duty to be a part of this conversation, today and forever.
Commitment to architecture is commitment to translation. The chief challenge of design at its most primal level is redefining things that aren’t, into things that are. We, as designers, are charged with understanding conceptual problems of many different languages—social, psychological, conditional, symbolic—and solving them over systems of formal and spatial common denominators. How exactly these multi-dimensional problems are translated into form and structure begins to shape our architectural signatures. It is how we realize ideas and uncover beauty in different series of complex parameters.
This volume is representative of ‘Translation’ along with the nature of its organization as it is also reflective of this idea. With the number of submissions increasing, this volume has published 41 students, 7 professors, 6 guests, and 2 collaborative studios.
In the Fall of 2014, graduate students traveled to a variety of countries around the world: experiencing new cultures, gaining new perspectives, and mapping their journeys. These events set the framework for defining matter. The nature of the place became a representation of larger architectural problems pertaining to site specificity, cultural identity, and social environments that we, as designers, grapple with in our everyday work. Matter in essence has infinite applications.
Wentworth Architecture review celebrates the release of its 5th annual publication, showcasing a collection of work from both undergraduates and graduates, professors, and collaborators, these pieces are used to define matter both physically and conceptually. We look at the world around us and understand that this theme is not only a subject of our thoughts but a tangible object, used to describe an idea, a formal expressions. How does one take this notion and manifest it into a palpable tool for discourse?
Architecture matters and matter is our world.