Retrospecta is a coercive document, a piece of Propaganda. This issue of Retrospecta is a testament to student development that utilizes propagandistic techniques as a means of graphic conveyance to advertise the fine line between the subtle and the explicit, the comic and the critical, the daring and the vulnerable.
This is not a mere representation of the student work at the Yale School of Architecture. This document scans our expansive curriculum to extract the pixels of architectural education—discovery (always), collaboration (it works…most of the time), failure (it’s only temporary), discord (sometimes), personality (there can never be too much…always with the right humor).
Through the crafted dialogue between images and text, the eye wanders, wavers, then fixes, only to be distracted by another idea and thought.
This book does not beg for approval. It demands reaction.
Propaganda foregrounds our candid world where each and every one of us is an active participant in the thinking and making of architecture. In our present explorations lie questions about and beyond the profession of architecture.
We build upon the blocks of each other’s critical investigations. Our ideas are a rewriting of each other’s aspirations. This issue of Retrospecta is as much about our conversations as it is about our work.