Contemporary architecture is in many ways a monstrous thing. It is bigger, more broadly defined, increasingly complicated, more costly, and stylistically and formally heterogeneous—if not downright unhinged. Not only is the scale of the built environment expanding, but so is the territory of the architectural profession itself. A perfect storm of history, technology, economics, politics, and pedagogy has generated a moment in time in which anything seems possible. The results have been at times strange and even frightening. Long ago, the birth of an abnormal creature was interpreted as a sign of looming trouble. These monstra—from the Latin monere, “to warn” and monstrare, “to show”—were viewed with both fear and fascination. This fortieth issue of Perspecta examines architecture past and present through the lens of the monster. The contributors—a diverse group of scholars, practitioners, and artists—embrace the multitude of meanings this term carries in an attempt to understand how architecture arrived at its present situation and where it may be going. Perspecta 40 represents in itself a kind of monster—a hybrid, jumbled, conflicting amalgamation of work and ideas that looks at the past in new ways and tells of things to come.
Terry Kirk—"Monumental Monstrosity Monstrous Monumentality"
Mario Carpo—"Monstrous Objects, Morphing Things, On Alberti, Wiki, and Bloggers"
Jürg Lehni—"Soft Monsters"
Marcelyn Gow and Ulrika Karlsson—"Coming of Age: A Soft Monstrosity"
Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Ryuji Fujimura—"Typo-Morphology of Tokyo"
John May—"Preliminary Notes on the Emergence of Statistical-Mechanical Geographic Vision"
Arindam Dutta—"Computing Alibis: Third World Teratologies"
Leon Krier—"Hors Echelle: Remembering James Stirling"
Edward Eigen—"The Disappearance of Charles Perrault: A Cautionary Tale"
Mark Jarzombek—"Un-Messy Realism and the Decline of the Architectural Mind"
“Anatomical Model of Fire Monster: Gamera”
Mark Foster Gage—"Etiologies of Beauty: Architecture and the New Physics of Appearances"
Joshua Prince-Ramus—"Sliding a Round Peg through a Round Hole: Museum Plaza"
Mark Foster Gage and Joshua Prince-Ramus—"You are playing a fool’s game"
“The New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum”
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen—"The New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum: Urban Subtext"
Colin Montgomery—"The New Haven Veterans Memorial Coliseum"
Claire Zimmerman—"The Monster Magnified: Architectural Photography as Visual Hyperbole"
“Anatomical Diagrams of Money-Eating Monster: Kanegon and Four-Dimensional Monster: Bullton”
Emmanuel Petit—"Incubation and Decay: Arata Isozaki’s Architectural Poetics—Metabolism’s Dialogical ‘Other’“
John McMorrough—"Ru(m)inations: The Haunts of Contemporary Architecture”
Michael Weinstock—"Monsters, Mutations and Morphology"
Greg Lynn—"Beautiful Monsters"
Phillip Bernstein—"Scaling Practice: The Increasing Footprint of Architecture in the Digital Age"