Exploring the intersections of architecture, urbanism, and the world beneath our feet, SOILED is a journal that serves as a space for investigative discussion. The publication toes the line between serious and not-too-serious, aiming to instigate mischief and a close examination of the quotidian. Published by CARTOGRAM Architecture and Urban Design, the semi-annual journal has just released its fourth edition, Windowscrapers.
Windowscrapers scrutinizes what it posits to be the fundamental functions of a pane of glass: transparency, refractivity, and reflectivity. Indulging viewer and voyeur alike, it investigates people-watching and people-seeing, alternate realities, and the fusion of the mundane with the spectacular (perhaps through a pane of glass). By considering the notion of “aperture” both physically and metaphorically, Windowscrapers delves to understand a range of human encounters from sinister to silly.
Following the success of its first three editions, Groundscrapers, Skinscrapers, and Platescrapers, CARTOGRAM turned to kickstarter to help crowdsource a more dense, tactile and dynamic issue of Soiled. Funds rasied in the campaign (from 165 generous kickstarters) have allowed for limited editions, newly designed and produced in a local printhouse.
In this issue:
Adrianne Jørgensen choreographs a Hitchcock-inspired peep show.
Mari Altshuler recounts the serendipitous encounters of un-drawn denizens.
Henry Stephens and Hannes Frykholm curate a public screening of domestic happenings.
Cristina Garriga alchemizes bedroom fabric into urban fabric.
Jimmy Stamp charts a historiography of architectural glass to reveal its latent comedic potential.
Irene Chin plants her finger and nose prints upon previously un-soiled retail windows.
Olivia Valentine and Timur Hammond interrogate the ways by which we bring the world into view.
Julia Sedlock champions the power of small spaces to reinvest architectural agency within the public realm.
Cyril Marsollier and Wallo Villacorta awaken a Brutalist icon from its institutionally imposed slumber.
AVPD challenges our perception of literal and phenomenal reflectivity by fabricating strange fenestrations.