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Hanging

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Seen in situ in Rand Hall at Cornell AAP.

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Graphic machine

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We’ve turned a corner. Working with Dean Kent Kleinman has pushed us to revisit our Cornell University Architecture, Art and Planning posters. The mapping of information is like a graphic machine, generating serial works; stepped scales of operation produce difference and variation.
For the Fall 2009 events poster our collaboration yielded a dynamic graphic but that’s almost beside the point; the mechanical shuffling of chronological and alphabetical order is at the core of this work.

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100 years ago

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It’s been a busy winter. Results are coming in the form of boxes filled with newly printed stuff landing at our door (from Rochester, in this case).
Look familiar? If you know the Cornell University campus, you’ll recognize the Foundry building on our cover of the spring 2009 issue of the AAP newsletter. Workers are laying down the stone paving for University Avenue — in 1909. Turn the page, and we mirrored that view with an identical one, showing OMA‘s rendering of Milstein Hall one hundred years later. It’s almost the same perspective — a fortuitous pairing that lends the controversial site a larger historical context.

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Re-mix

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Here’s the new Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning spring 2009 events poster — the seventh in the series, which we’ve been developing since 2006.
Dean Kent Kleinman says that he loves this particular concept because it visualizes the re-mixed, interdisciplinary nature of AAP. We’re really happy with the result — the rich black printed beautifully. But the photographs aren’t doing it justice, so we’re only showing the graphic file for now. If we can get the black to photograph well we’ll post some more images.

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Collage city.

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Here’s issue #5 of the Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning alumni newsletter, fresh from the printer. I really love our cover on this one, totally conceived by Erik. The collage features student work from last semester’s South Africa studio, plus 23 images of students, faculty, staff, Dean Kleinman and guest lecturer José Oubrerie. A few hundred of these were spread out all over the party at the New Museum last night, and the bright purple-pink Pantone 807 was perfect.

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510 photos.

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Tonight, Cornell University alumni welcome the new Dean for Architecture, Art and Planning at a party at the New Museum. They asked us to do a mural representing the entire college, so we asked every student, faculty and staff member to email us photos and we assembled the results, which was output on vinyl (22.5 ft. x 11 ft.). More here.

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What’s on my screen right now.

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We just presented the in-progress design of AAP NEWS05 to Kent Kleinman, the new dean at Cornell AAP. Should be a fantastic issue.

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Pantone 807.

Here’s the fall 2008 events poster for Cornell University’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning. Getting the printed samples of our Cornell posters twice a year is one of the most satisfying moments in our studio. We really love our Cornell design work. This semester’s color (purple 807) is gorgeous.
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Spring sprung.

The spring issue of our twice-yearly magazine for Cornell University is finally printed. This one’s a beauty, perhaps our best yet. Working with gorgeous photography — like the James Turrell cover shot (by Florian Holzherr), and the 58 images of contemporary Portuguese architecture — made an incredible difference in the overall design.
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Spring thaw.

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We’re starting to see the results of a really productive winter — a lot of new work launching here, between now and June. The entire issue of AAP’s “NEWS04″ is hanging in our office and about to get its final review, with James Turrell on the cover, and a gorgeous pull-out section on Portuguese architecture. To the printer, later this week.