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|Original title VIA|
viaPublications is a student-edited and student-managed publishing entity based at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design. viaPublications includes VIA Journal (1968–2000), and viaBooks (born 2008). Currently, viaBooks is directed by Helene Furján.
From the years 1968 to 1990, VIA published 12 themed academic journals through the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design's Graduate Department of Architecture. No more issues were published until viaOccupation was printed in 2008. At this point, the title VIA was replaced with via to denote a change in the publication's affiliation with the University's Graduate Department of Architecture to an affiliation with entire University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Design as well as other shifts in the publication's structure and identity. viaOccupation was awarded the 2008 AIA-NY, Center for Architecture Douglas Haskell Award for student Journalism.
VIA Journal (1968–2000)
VIA 1, Ecology in Design, (1968)
VIA 2, Structures, Implicit and Explicit, (1973)
VIA 3, Ornament, (1977)
VIA IV, Culture and the Social Vision, (1980)
VIA 5, Determinants of Form, (1982)
VIA 6, Architecture and Visual Perception, (1983)
VIA 7, The Building of Architecture, (1984)
VIA 8, Architecture and Literature, (1986)
VIA 9, Re-Presentation, (1988)
VIA 10, Ethics and Architecture, (1990)
VIA 11, Architecture and Shadow, (1990)
VIA 12, Simultaneous Cities, (2000)
viaBooks (2008 - present)
Investigates the macro- and micro-scales that inform how we read, claim, and intervene in our evolving territories.
Dirt presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that view dirt not as filth but as a medium, a metaphor, a material, a process, a design tool, a narrative, a system. Rooted in the landscape architect's perspective, Dirt views dirt not as repulsive but endlessly giving, fertile, adaptive, and able to accommodate difference while maintaining cohesion. This dirty perspective sheds light on social connections, working processes, imaginative ideas, physical substrates, and urban networks. Dirt is a matrix; as a book, it organizes contributions from architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning and design, historic preservation, fine arts, and art history. The chapters predict and report on city waterfronts revamped by climate change, the reinvention of suburbia, and cityscapes of ruins; dish the dirt with yet-to-be proven facts; make such unexpected linkages as ornament to weed growth and cell networks to zip-ties; examine the work of innovative thinkers who have imagined or created, among other things, a replica of Robert Smithson's famous earthwork Spiral Jetty in "table-top scale," live models of the Arctic ice caps, and an inhabitable "green roof"; and describe an ecological landscape urbanism that incorporates the natural sciences in its processes.
Camouflage is about multiplicity, not invisibility. Optically, it involves seeing many elements at once yet registering only one; it works through the processes of disguise, assimilation, and mutation but also invites careful observation, a tracking of forgotten elements and a search for the extraordinary within the seemingly generic.