Magazine; MAS CONTEXT / Issue 12, Winter 11.[VIDEO]
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Cover design by Luis Urculo. © Luis Urculo.
The twelfth issue of the quarterly design journal MAS Context, ABERRATION, is already out. Contributors to this issue include Atelier Olschinsky, Nick Axel, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Vladimir Belogolovsky, Michael Chen, formlessfinder, The Freise Brothers, Iker Gil, Tom Keeley, Emilio López-Galiacho, Jürgen Mayer H., Antonio Rull, Paul Shepheard, John Szot, Lebbeus Woods and Luis Urculo who is also the cover designer. GREAT WORK. CONGRATULATIONS TO "MAS CONTEXT" AND PEAKED HAT!

If firmness, utility, and delight are the enduring pinnacles of architectural achievement, then it would appear architecture’s moral destiny is a foregone conclusion. But is it possible that opportunities for valuable cultural insight are being lost out of deference to this legacy? We examine forces, trends, and ideas that enhance the significance of the built environment despite, or due to, their deviant nature.

All the content is available for free at www.mascontext.com, where you can order a printed copy of the journal and download the electronic version.

MAS Context, a quarterly journal created by MAS Studio, addresses issues that affect the urban context. Each issue delivers a comprehensive view of a single topic through the active participation of people from different fields and different perspec- tives who, together, instigate the debate. MAS Context is a not for profit organization based in Chicago, Illinois.

Aberration. That was the title chosen for this issue after much discussion between us. “Pathology” and “appropriation” were some of the other working titles that we bounced back and forth but we felt were too wide or too pointed, not capturing exactly what we were interested in exploring. Aberration was open enough to allow multiple interpretations but, at the ...read more


Iker Gil is an architect, urban designer, and director of MAS Studio. In addition, he is the editor in chief of MAS Context. He is the recipient of the 2010 Emerging Visions Award from the Chicago Architectural Club.


Luis Urculo, (Madrid 1978). Licensed in the ETSAM Technical School of Senior Architecture, Madrid (December, 2006), Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) and Institute of Design in Chicago. In 2004 he founds Motocross and in 2006 he establishes his own studio.

He develops a work of small and indefinite architecture in an opened format. '“I no longer know what...read more