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This is not a Wall

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Collected Short Stories on CODA’s Party Wall at MoMA PS1

Caroline O’Donnell and Steven Chodoriwsky

This Is Not A Wall is conceived as an epic of one architectural entity’s lifespan, depicted through a unique collection of illustrated short stories. The entity in question is the temporary pavilion Party Wall, designed by CODA as the winning entry of the 2013 Young Architects Program organized by MoMA PS1. This Is Not A Wall recounts Party Wall’s complete 9-month lifespan, from its initial nomination in November 2012, through its design-build process, to its dismantling at summer’s end in September 2013. The central intention of the collection is to chronicle Party Wall’s unique contextual environment, and elucidate upon its role as a mediator of complex relationships amid the individuals, institutions, and companies to which it owes its existence.
This Is Not A Wall also works to frame Party Wall in a larger contemporary discourse. Concerns include: architecture and its correlation to installation; experientiality and public performance; and a reconsideration of the sign in architecture as it pertains to legibility and meaning. Longer, essay-style stories by architectural journalist Cynthia Davidson, CODA principle Caroline O’Donnell, among others, will punctuate additional story pieces MoMA curator Pedro Gadanho, MAXXI director Pippo Ciorra, architect Peter Eisenman, previous YAP winner Matthias Hollwich, alongside project participants and other observers – from PS1 janitors, to local skateboarders, to construction volunteers. By stressing Party Wall’s creative process as a distinct product of its context, spatial-temporal constraints, and collected voices, the book is equal parts an analytical handbook of the competition and design process, an account of its evolving construction, and a poignant description of its lived experience.

Edited by: Caroline O’Donnell and Steven Chodoriwsky

Publisher: Cornell AAP Publications
Size: 11.4 x20.3 cm/ 4.50 x 8 in.
Pages: 480
Illustrations: Black and White
Cover: Hard cover
Publication date: July 2016
ISBN: English 978-0-9972602-0-5
Price: $29.95 / 26€ / £23


Cornell Journal of Architecture 10



Caroline O’Donnell

Issue 10 of the Cornell Journal of Architecture will collect a spectrum of specters from the phenomenal to the digital, and question the role and the possibilities of the spirit in architecture today

In distilling, the small amount of alcohol evaporated during the aging process is known as the angels’ share. at is, while lost to us, the alcohol does not cease to exist, but instead is given to — or taken by — the angels.

Architecture’s own angels’ share—the notion of an absent and intangible other—has too been personi ed. From Genius Loci to Zeitgeist, the gure of the spirit is perhaps the most fundamental component of architecture, even before walls or columns. Whether phenomenal or conceptual, without this ickering spirit, one might say, there is no architecture. As technology enables the virtual realm to be inhabited in more everyday ways, the notion of another kind of spirit becomes more present yet more blurred. e digital, as architecture’s alternate and now ickering specter, skirmishes with architecture’s existing ghosts.


Edited by: Caroline O’Donnell

Publisher: Cornell AAP Publications
Size: 20 x 22,5 cm/ 7.90 x 8.90 in.
Pages: 192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Soft
Publication date: September 2016
ISBN: English 978-0-978506-19-3
Price: $24.95 / 20 € / £16


The Cornell Journal of Architecture 9


Cornell AAP

Mathematics: From the Idea to the Uncertain.  Exploring the dynamic and non-linear relationship between mathematics and architecture

While mathematics in architecture has historically referenced notions of order, proportion, and ideal form, the discipline of mathematics itself has shifted to encompass uncertainty, incompleteness, relativity, and chaos towards a situation in which truth itself is elusive. This move stems in part from an engagement with real phenomena, in which natural systems were shown to behave non-linearly and unpredictably. In architecture, while computational developments enabling dynamic and variable modeling have been subsumed into our culture of design and production, a new kind of idealism has emerged.  Formally prolific and inherently multiplicitous, this book proposes algorithmic truth and statistical outcomes over predetermined objectives; it signifies a retreat away from reality and back towards abstraction and simulation in the smooth space of possibility.  Meanwhile, the consequences of uncertainty have pervaded our culture to its core.  Recovering from the initial high of fractal and random geometrical proficiency, architecture is just beginning to re-embrace the underlying issues embedded within this contemporary mathematics: uncertainty, unpredict-ability, chance, recursion, wildness, and informality. Contributors: Cecil Balmond, Mario Carpo, Lily Chi + Adrian Lewis, Dana Cupkova + Kevin Pratt, Tom Fecht, Francois Roche, Jenny Sabin, Anthony Vidler and others.


Author: Cornell AAP

Publisher: Cornell AAP Publications
Size: 9 x 7.8 in.
Pages: 196
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: March 2013
ISBN: English 978-0-978506-12-4
Price: 20€ / $24.95 / £16

The Cornell Journal of Architecture


Cornell AAP

An essential collection of illustrated texts regarding the reiterative in architecture and design today

This issue of the Cornell Journal of Architecture is about the now, the new, and the next in architecture, while simultaneously acknowledging that every possible future is intrinsically linked to the existent, to the present and its attendant past. At the heart of issue 8: RE is the understanding that the creative act itself is reiterative; that in rethinking, recombining, reshuffling, recycling, and reimagining aspects of the world around us, we produce work that both belongs to the current moment and establishes new future trajectories. The texts reflect the interconnected strands of technology, history, theory, and intuition that necessarily reinforce each other in architectural education and practice today: issues of reuse and recycling; of feedback loops and regression; of dialogue, criticism, and correspondence; and of the role that changing technologies have in restructuring the way we think, see, and remember.


Author: Cornell AAP

Publisher: Cornell AAP Publications
Size: 9 x 7.8 in.
Pages: 192
Illustrations: Color
Cover: Hard
Publication date: April 2011
ISBN: English 978-0-978506-14-8
Price: 20€ / $24.95 / £16

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