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Author  Various contributors
Country  United States
Genre  Design
Original title  VIA
Language  English
Publisher  Various
Via Publications

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)

  • Editors: Rolf Sauer, James Bryan, Thomas Gilmore.
  • Notable contributors: Luis Barragán, Louis Kahn, Ian McHarg, Aldo van Eyck.
  • VIA 2, Structures, Implicit and Explicit, (1973)

  • Editors: James Bryan, Rolf Sauer.
  • Notable contributors: Roland Barthes, William S. Burroughs, Umberto Eco, Antoni Gaudí, Robert Le Ricolais, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Robert Maillart.
  • Interviewed: Louis Kahn, Robert Le Ricolais.
  • VIA 3, Ornament, (1977)

  • Editors: Stephen Kieran.
  • Notable contributors: J.B. Jackson, Henry Hope Reed, Jr., Denise Scott Brown, Sir John Summerson.
  • VIA IV, Culture and the Social Vision, (1980)

  • Editors: Mark A. Hewitt, Benjamin Kracauer, John Massengale, Michael McDonough.
  • Notable contributors: James S. Ackerman, N. John Habraken, Robert A. M. Stern, James Wines, Tom Wolfe.
  • Interviewed: Michael Graves.
  • VIA 5, Determinants of Form, (1982)

  • Editors: Darl Rastorfer, Deborah Allen, Christine Albright, Outerbridge Horsey, Jr., Jill Stoner, Merle Thorpe.
  • Notable contributors: John Cage, Paolo Portoghesi, Sir Peter Shepheard.
  • VIA 6, Architecture and Visual Perception, (1983)

  • Editors: Alice Gray Read, Peter C. Doo with Joseph Burton.
  • Notable contributors: Rudolf Arnheim, Cass Gilbert, Anne Tyng.
  • VIA 7, The Building of Architecture, (1984)

  • Editors: Paula Behrens, Anthony Fisher.
  • Notable contributors: Emilio Ambasz, Marco Frascari, Karsten Harries, Herman Hertzberger, César Pelli, Alexander Tzonis & Liane Lefaivre, Paul Valéry.
  • VIA 8, Architecture and Literature, (1986)

  • Editors: Muscoe Martin, Patreese Martin, Jennifer Pearson, Suzannah Reid, Neil Sandvold.
  • Notable contributors: Umberto Eco, David Leatherbarrow, Rodolfo Machado.
  • VIA 9, Re-Presentation, (1988)

  • Editors: Charles Hay, Peter Wong, Bryan Fleenor, Alex Gotthelf.
  • Notable contributors: Hubert Dreyfus, Karsten Harries, Daniel Libeskind, Thom Mayne, Alberto Perez-Gomez, Michael Sorkin.
  • VIA 10, Ethics and Architecture, (1990)

  • Editors: John Capelli, Paul Naprstek, Bruce Prescott.
  • Notable contributors: Josef Paul Kleihues, Robert Fripp, David Bell.
  • VIA 11, Architecture and Shadow, (1990)

  • Editor: David Murray.
  • Notable contributors: Tadao Ando, Robin Evans, Marco Frascari, Kisho Kurokawa, Aldo Rossi, Joseph Rykwert, Alison and Peter Smithson.
  • VIA 12, Simultaneous Cities, (2000)

  • Editor: Ralph Muldrow.
  • Notable contributors: KieranTimberlake Associates, Witold Rybczynski.
  • Interviewed: Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown.
  • viaBooks (2008 - present)

    viaOccupation (2008)

    Investigates the macro- and micro-scales that inform how we read, claim, and intervene in our evolving territories.

  • Editor in Chief: Morgan Martinson, Associate Editor: Tonya Markiewicz, Advisor/Editor: Helene Furjan.
  • Notable contributors: James Corner, KieranTimberlake Associates, Daniela Fabricius, Anuradha Mathur & Dilip da Cunha, David Leatherbarrow, Srdjan Jovanovic-Weiss, Helene Furján.
  • Interviewed: Toyo Ito, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Teddy Cruz, Lindsay Bremner.
  • Dirt (2012)

    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.

  • Editors: Megan Born, Lily Jencks, and Helene Furján with Phillip M. Crosby
  • Creative Director: K.T. Anthony Chan
  • Notable contributors: Keller Easterling, Marion Weiss, Barry Bergdoll, Alan Berger, Sylvia Lavin
  • Purchase Dirt from Amazon
  • Forthcoming volumes


    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.

  • Editors: Leslie Billhymer, Nicolas Koff, and Helene Furján
  • Creative Director: Tzu-Ching Lai
  • References

    Via Publications Wikipedia