ISSUE 2/ I SEE YOU
Forensic Architecture (FA) is a research agency, based at Goldsmiths, University of London, investigating human rights violations including violence committed by states, police forces, militaries, and corporations. FA works in partnership with institutions across civil society, from grassroots activists, to legal teams, to international NGOs and media organisations, to carry out investigations with and on behalf of communities and individuals affected by conflict, police brutality, border regimes and environmental violence.
Barnes’ research and design practice investigates the connection between architecture and identity. Mining architecture’s social and political agency, he examines how the built environment influences black domesticity. His design and research contributions have been published and exhibited in several international institutions. Most notably, The Museum of Modern Art, The Graham Foundation, The New York Times, Architect Magazine, DesignMIAMI/ Art Basel, The Swiss Institute, Metropolis Magazine, Curbed, and The National Museum of African American History where he was identified as one of the future designers on the rise.
Milly Aburrow is an aspiring Fine Artist, from the UK. Having always leaned towards the creative side of education, she completed Art and Design at A-Level, which made her realise that there is so much more than the practicality of creating things, as it also includes theories, portrayals and the research behind the piece; this made her fall in love with art much more, due to finding a different aspect of appreciation. By completing an Art Foundation year at Northbrook MET, it highlighted how important personal practice is – in exploring what interests you enough in wanting to respond to a subject. She is currently studying BA Fine Art at Bath Spa University.
Structures and systems of order are the predominant themes of Berlin based artist Menno Aden (*1972, Weener), known for his cartographic photographic works. Aden’s photo series deal topographically and analytically with our built environment. Although mostly absent, his works always show traces of man. Menno Aden works are often topographical in nature, whether photographing systems of pipes, façades, or structures.
Olufolajimi Akinboboye is an architect based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a strong interest in the relationship between architecture and power. He holds a strong conviction that architecture is political, and with anything political there is an agenda. He believes the architect has a role to play in observing and documenting the consequences of various architectures in our urban environment, through a cyclic process of research and design. He undergoes his research through a series of forensic drawings which help to unpack patterns and reveal various social and physical latencies in urban spaces. He is particularly drawn to contested spaces of insurgency and insecurity, where the conventional rules of space are often reconfigured to mitigate risk.
Betts’ paintings explore the sociological and philosophical implications of privacy and surveillance in an image based and technology driven society. Appropriately in his artistic practice, Betts makes paintings by adapting complex industrial processes in ways that expand the possibilities of the traditional craft. Betts’ work has been written about and exhibited extensively throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. Raised in New York City, William Betts graduated from Arizona State University in 1991 with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in philosophy.
Sumedha is an interdisciplinary dance artist, choreographer, researcher, and a dance filmmaker and currently a faculty at Jindal School of Liberal arts and Humanities. With an engineering background and a Kathak performing artist, she finds herself exploring in-between performance and technology vis-à-vis dance and camera. As an Erasmus Mundus scholar, she has traveled, lived together, and collaborated with a range of forms, communities, and dance-theatre makers across local, national, and international locations. She is a current awardee of Kolkata Centre for Creativity Art Fellowship in Dance with her embodied practice-based research project Duet with Camera that explores the relationship between the dancer and the camera. .Her artistic practice brings a fresh viewership of the camera as an artistic process for caring and contemplation, an enabling space for intergenerational bonding, and a narrative tool for dance pedagogy that challenges the existing formal qualities of ‘seeing’ dance. Sumedha’s research interests surround surveillance, memory, somatic practice, body as an archive, space and spectatorship, architecture and choreography, dance and film in India, female gaze, mythology, and technology.
Burçak Bingöl was raised in Ankara and completed her art education at PhD level in the Fine Arts Faculty at Hacettepe University, Ankara. She also completed programs on Music at Ankara State Conservatory between 1985-91 and studied Photography at New School, New York in 2009 She realized solo exhibitions in New York, Ankara, Istanbul, and Berlin and was part of many group shows in Turkey and abroad, among others A Good Neighbour, 15th Istanbul Biennial and Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich. She participated in artist residency programs at Cité des Arts, Paris; Hunter College, NY and IASPIS, Stockholm. Her works are in many public and private collections including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; 21C Museum, Kentucky; Salsali Private Museum, Dubai; Baksı Museum, Bayburt, Turkey; MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow,Poland. She currently lives and works in İstanbul and is represented by Zilberman Gallery İstanbul and Berlin.
Dana Barale Burdman
Dana Barale Burdman is an Architect from Madrid. She has complimented her studies with two international stays at the University of Bath and at TU Delft. The development of projects carried out is positioned in a framework that operates from multidisciplinary exploration through design, research, and criticism. She has developed a deep interest in the encounter between architecture, contemporary cultural production and digital media studies. Some of her projects have been part of the Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 in the virtual Spanish Pavilion. She is nominated for the Young Talent Architecture Award from the Mies Van der Rohe Foundation and for the RIBA Silver Medal for her Final Master Project.
Juan is an architect from Mexico, who holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology and other studies from TSC in Brownsville, Texas and KTH in Stockholm, Sweden. Currently he is part of JL-Office, a firm based in Barcelona, Spain, and has previously worked at Wrightwood 659 and MCHAP in Chicago. His academic and professional work includes revisiting The Fun Palace by Cedric Price and Reyner Banham’s bibliography on energy and Megastructures, a facade renovation in Hangzhou, China and was on the editorial board for Future Tempos, a book published by Actar in 2020. Since recently, he co-authors a design studio under the name STEREO.
Nava Derakhshani is a multimedia artist born to Iranian parents in Eswatini. She studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked in South Africa and India on low-cost eco housing and urban design. Her Masters in Sustainable Development researched the spiritual and historic ties to sustainable farming in Ethiopia. Through creative workshops, she worked on gender issues with NGOs Oxfam and PLAN International. She also worked in grassroots organisations as a staff photographer and participatory-action researcher. Her 2014 project on food and family was awarded by the UN FAO and exhibited in Rome. Her Daughters of Dust podcast was shortlisted for the 2019 NPR Google podcast award. Her photography featured at South Africa’s Queer Feminist Film Festival and her ceramic works, represented by Eclectia Contemporary Gallery were shown at the 2019 Johannesburg International Art Fair. A graduate of the International Centre for Photography, she is currently based in New York City.
Adrian Fernandez is a bipoc architectural graduate who currently works for Monash University Department of Art and Architecture (MADA) as a Design Studio Leader in the architecture department and as an Architectural Graduate at Lyons Architecture. He is a member of the majority-white Architecture Lobby, an organisation in Australia and America that seeks to ‘catalyse disciplinary change’ within the profession, currently he is working with them to work through the systemic bias that exists within the Lobby and ways to dismantle said bias.
He has exhibited at MADA Gallery, Brunswick Street Gallery and Black Cat Gallery. He has written pieces for Caliper Journal, Inflection Journal, Kerb Journal, PLAT Journal and The Suburban Review.
Jennifer Forward Hayter
Jennifer Forward-Hayter is a photographer, currently voted one of the best young photographers in Europe. Primarily focused on documentary and social performance, her work records modern history, particularly showcasing communities who are traditionally alienated by the art community. Jennifer was born in Dorset, and is the only member of her family who can’t drive a tractor. Her early arts education consisted of reading Sunday magazines pulled from bins, and postcards. This mass art rhetoric brought foundations of history, TV, pop culture, philosophy, story-telling and journalism into Jennifer’s own work. She graduated from Middlesex University, and wants to be John Berger.
Carly Greenfield is an independent consultant whose research focuses on security, borders, and migration in the Americas. She is a graduate of the Double Degree in International Affairs from Sciences Po and the London School of Economics and holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from King’s College London. She has previously written about and researched the role of surveillance and biometrics in migration systems.
Marcus Jansen was born in 1968 in New York City and was educated in Germany. His prominent permanent collections include at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, The Alfond Collection of Contemporary Art, Cornell Fine Arts Museum, Rollins College, the Moscow Museum of Modern Art, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, Housatonic Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Jansen is represented by Almine Rech, with locations in Paris, Shanghai, London, Brussels. He works jointly with both Almine Rech and Richard Beavers Gallery from New York in the United States.
Olasumbo is a candidate architect with a constant passion for developing the design industry. In 2020, she obtained her Master’s Degree in Architecture from the Graduate School of Architecture, University of Johannesburg. Her interests lie in strategic and speculative research with a focus on issues of surveillance, security, human behavior, and spatial justice. She has attended and participated in a series of seminars and workshops in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, UK, Istanbul, Dubai, and Germany. She is also a fashion designer, graphic artist, and creative writer who use her outstanding skills to tell evocative stories and create meticulous masterpieces.
Albert Orozco is an architectural designer, artist, and writer based in Los Angeles, California who dedicates himself to exploring projects that reflect issues of the environment, racism, immigration, and identity. His current work interweaves Mexican-American histories, mythologies, and geographies with architectural design to orchestrate scenographic stories that critique colonial architecture. Specifically, he hopes to create more collaborative spaces between artists, scholars, activists, and designers to imagine more ecologically sustainable spaces for historically dispossessed communities.
Julian Palacz, born 1983, lives in Vienna/Austria. Studies in Digital Art 2003-2010 at the University of Applied Arts Vienna under Peter Weibel and Virgil Widrich. Julian Palacz’s conceptual works deal with the aesthetics of data and information traces left behind both digitally and physically by people. Customized software and algorithms build the basis of his process in reference to their usage in contemporary politics and society. His last exhibitions include the solo exhibition Les murs ont des oreilles at Sotheby’s Vienna/Austria (2019) and he was participating in group exhibitions such as Vienna Biennale for a Change, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna/Austria (2019), TRACE, Museum of Contemporary Art, Belgrad/Serbia (2018), In die Stadt, Carinthian Museum of Modern Art, Klagenfurt/Austria (2018), Open Codes, ZKM | Zentrum für Kunst und Medien, Karlsruhe/Germany (2017)
Edward (Eddie) Rivero is a Ph.D student at Berkeley Graduate School of Education. His research revolves around the everyday new media practices of migrant Chicanx/Latinx youth. As an emergent learning scientist, he is interested in the learning that occurs when Chicanx/Latinx youth engage, challenge, and counter racialized discourses about their communities on various social media platforms.
Marcelo Schellini is a researcher on Photography and Visual Arts based in India. PhD in Visual Poetics by the University of Sao Paulo and Master Degree in Studies of Visual Culture by the University of Barcelona he has published articles, photobooks and exhibited his artwork. His principal medium is photography, although his work also encompasses personal narratives, ethnography, cartography, film and his own written texts. Currently he is professor of Photography and Design at the VIT University Vellore – India and works in an edition of new essays, photobooks and exhibition projects.
The artwork of David Spriggs lies in a space between the 2 and 3 dimensions. In his work he explores phenomena, space-time and movement, colour, visual systems and surveillance, the strategies and symbols of power, and the thresholds of form and perception. Spriggs is known internationally for his unique large-scale 3D ephemeral-like installations that use a technique he pioneered in 1999 layering transparent images. David Spriggs is currently based in Vancouver, BC. He was born in 1978 in Manchester, England, and immigrated to Canada in 1992. He received his Master of Fine Arts from Concordia University, Montreal, and his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University in Vancouver. He undertook student residencies at Central St. Martin’s College of Art in London, England (1999) and the Bauhaus University in Weimar, Germany (2006). He has exhibited internationally at galleries and museums such as: Musée de La Poste Paris, Powerlong Museum Shanghai, Messums Wilthsire UK, Arsenal Montreal, the Prague Biennial 5, the Louis Vuitton Gallery Macau, and at the Sharjah Art Museum UAE. His work can be found in many prestigious collections such as: Hyatt Centric Hong Kong, Queens Marque Halifax, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the National Museum of Fine Arts of Quebec.
Behçet is an electrical engineer and occupied in the software business. He had two-year university education in cinema and television. He is a fan of movies in Istanbul, Turkey. He finds fan-mate theories and overanalysis beyond the art creator’s intentions very unappealing.
Enshen is an architect currently practicing in East London with Russian For Fish. Hailing from Singapore, he attended the Architectural Association, graduating with the AA Diploma in 2018.
Charles is a recent graduate from the Masters Program the University of Michigan, where he did his thesis on images and architecture as systems of components. The conceptual framework for his thesis will appear soon in the seventh issue of PLAT Journal. He has a couple summers of experience working with Architects, both as a design consultant and as a junior designer. Those experiences gave him introductory knowledge of the professional world in Architecture.
ISSUE 1/ BRASILIA
She graduated as an Architect and Urbanist from the University of Brasília in 2003 and studied photography at the International Center of Photography in New York. Since then, she has dedicated herself to architecture and city photography.
She works in partnership with architects and publishers to document recent Brazilian architectural production and its modern heritage.
With her authorial work, she participated in exhibitions, with emphasis on the individual Brasilia: 50 Years Exhibit, at Cornell University, in 2010, and L’Architecture by Brasilia et Oscar Niemeyer, at Maison du Brésil, in Paris, 2017.
Among other publications, she photographed for the Oscar Niemeyer Works Guide – Brasília 50 Years, edited by the Chamber of Deputies and the Institute of Architects of Brazil. And in 2011, he produced the architecture guide for Brasília created for the 9th DOCOMOMO International Seminar. Internationally, he collaborated with the 2013 Architectural Guide Brazil, from the German publisher Dom Publishers.
Since 2012, she has been recording the works of visual artists in Brazil, with emphasis on Ai Weiwei, Antony Gormley, Cai Guo-Qiang, Christian Boltanski, Erwin Wurm, among others.
Gonzalo comes from a city called Marcos Juárez. He grew up there not knowing what photography was. At 18 he decided to study Economics in Cordoba, Argentina, and in a failed act three years later, he finished entering the Faculty of Architecture at the National University of Cordoba, the city where he was born. Today he is an architect, and a couple of years added to his career makes architectural photography. Living in Cordoba city for many years, he almost recorded the entire city. Their buildings, their customs, but especially the most unexpected spaces, corners encountered during these walks Sunday. Gradually he developed a concept he calls “specific architecture for common people.” Referring to the most inhospitable places or buildings that only architects like. In 2015 he began his teaching beta, training many photography lovers of architecture, in some public and private institutions such as the National University of Cordoba School of Architects and now also on the floor, Coworking Community.
Apoorva holds a Silver Medal in Architecture from the University of Mumbai, India. She has worked in Architecture and Urban Design with Architect Hafeez Contractor in Mumbai, where she has been part of a number of exciting projects including a 500 acre university campus in Babylon, Iraq and a complex redevelopment proposal for the high-density Bhendi Bazaar district in south Mumbai.
Abidzar Al Ghifari
Abidzar Al Ghifari is an Indonesian architect, from the world’s fastest sinking city- Jakarta. He is a fresh graduate whose specialization lies in architecture and urban design. He loves to catch the urban phenomenon in Jakarta and other cities in the world and to pour his thoughts into sketches and writings.
Originally from London, England, Saskia is currently based in Montréal, Canada, where by day she works as the Administrative Director of the Montreal Bach Festival.
Rarely found without her pocket sketchbook, Saskia combines her day job and passion for the arts with her own love of drawing, and is most inspired by capturing architecture and urban scenes.
You can find Saskia’s work on Instagram at @saskias_sketchbook
Calyx Sze is an artist from Manila, Philippines. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Multimedia Arts from the DLS-CSB School of Design and Arts. She started drawing when she was young and despite being exposed to different digital mediums during college, Calyx still finds the joy and satisfaction in traditional art like sketching and painting. She loves the authenticity and value it gives her and her clients.
Hélio Peixoto is a final year student of Architecture from Portugal. His passion for drawing arises as a way for him to describe what he sees, in this case, his vision on paper.
Sedanur Alacam is an architect from Turkey who loves to express her thoughts by sketching.
Steve Kang is a recent graduate from the AA School of Architecture in London. Originally from South Korea, he is currently living in London.
Deepa Gopalakrishnan is a an undergraduate architecture student at Pratt Institute, with an interest in fashion design and architectural writing. She is the director of someothermag along with Renan Teuman.
Lima Neto is a graphic artist and academic teacher with a doctorate in social communication. As an artist, he works with illustrations for magazines and some comic books, as well as edits them. He is currently working on a children’s book telling imagined tales of how the Satellite Cities around Brasília came to be called Lendas Inventadas (Made up Legends). As an academic, he teaches Art Direction for publicity and comic book workshops, as well as writes articles about the comic book scene with a more mature approach on the website www.raiolaser.com
Veerin Dumrongkijkarn is a 2nd-year architecture student in Thailand. He really likes to sketch in his leisure time. Most of his works are buildings and cityscape because he loves the way they express the livelihood and culture of that place.
Born in the city of Barreiras, state of Bahia, and received by Brasília, he studied Industrial Design/Graphic Design at UnB-University of Brasilia. He also studied Pedagogy and Visual Arts.
Currently graphic designer at the Corporate University of Correios, he has worked with graphic design at the Ministry of Health, with illustrations at UPIS/AIEC, at the Federal University of Tocantins, taught Technical Draw and AutoCAD at the Technical School of Brasilia and Senac as well as several jobs as a freelancer.
Murilo Frade, 59, born in Rio de Janeiro, has lived in Brasília since 1963, where his atelier is based. Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Brasília, he is now fully committed to visual arts, mostly abstract. He also enjoys exploring features and tendencies of geometrism, concretism, neoplasticism, constructivism and cubism in his artwork. Although daltonic, he is neither limited nor intimidated by the use of colors, tones and assorted mixtures. Likewise, he likes to adopt mixed techniques, such as acrylic ink, water base and plaster on his canvas. There is a strong influence of architecture in his work, especially drawing; the original source of his inspiration, skill and experience. To such a degree that lines are perhaps his widest instrument of expression. As a visual artist, he has engaged himself in individual and collective exhibitions since 1991 in both Brasília and São Paulo. In 2020 he was invited and had the opportunity to exhibit at Agora Gallery in New York, M.A.D.S. in Milan and Casa do Brasil in Madrid, but these events were postponed due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Simone Ridyard is an architect and senior lecturer at Manchester School of Art (UK). She is also a member of the Society of Architectural Illustration and founder of Urban Sketchers Manchester.Archisketcher was published in autumn 2015 and she teaches drawing workshops specialising in understanding of perspective. Her work has been featured in the Sunday Observer News Review and on The Guardian website.
Thiago Teixeira de Andrade
Graduated in Architecture and Urbanism from the University of Brasília (2004). Postgraduate degree in Higher Education Teaching from IESB. Has experience in Architecture and Urbanism, with an emphasis on Urban Planning, Urban Design and Architecture of buildings, construction of small and medium-sized works. He was president of the Institute of Architects of Brazil, Distrito Federal department. He was a consultant for the national IPHAN between 2013 and 2014, working on studies on the Preservation Plan of the Brasília Urban Complex – PPCub. He was Secretary of State for Territory and Housing Management of the Government of the Federal District between January 1, 2015 and December 31, 2018.
Buket Hamarat is an Architect from Turkey, Istanbul. She is a recent graduate.I think science and art should work together. I see architecture as a blend of science and art.As an architects, we are the chiefs who leads them and as my opinion architecture as a way of sculpting these formations.
Luciano Mendes (@luckm) is a professor at the UnB in an advertising course, art director, nerd since when it was weird to be one, a contemplator of pop culture (with special attention to comics, superhero cinema, horror and animation), explorer of digital phenomena and languages and fond of sketchbooks and sneakers.
Luisa Melo is a graphic designer and illustrator from Brasília based in Washington DC. She is also an academic in the urban sociology area, she researches the symbolic meanings of the urban landscape and its implications on dwellers’ social dynamics. Both branches of her career, illustration and urban sociology, match with her way to perceive and to represent her experiences of Brasilia and any other city that she lives or travels through.
She graduates as an Architect from Balwant Sheth School of Architecture, Mumbai in the year 2021.
She’s interested in exploring how architecture can act as an agency to couple imagination & action for impact. While at it, she also enjoys critically writing about her experiences and opinions.
She is currently studying as a student of Architecture from Balwant Sheth School of Architecture and is working on her on-going undergraduate thesis project, with a growing passion for sketching and exploring different digital means. She has been a part of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival exhibition, and also taken part in international competitions.
Renan Teuman is a photographer and an undergraduate architecture student at Pratt Institute, minoring in philosophy. His photography has been exhibited at MitanniART gallery, IFSAK ‘Leftovers’ Exhibition, IFSAK gallery in Istanbul and published in The Architect’s Newspaper and Arkitera.