January 6, 2014
Author: Rashida Ng
Assistant Professor Alicia Imperiale has been selected with co-editor Enrique Ramirez as Theme Editors of a special issue of the Journal of Architectural Education entitled “S,M,L,XL and its futures”
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the publication of Rem Koolhaas/OMA’s S,M,L,XL in October 2015, this special issue will serve as a platform to revisit, expose, and otherwise reevaluate the book’s ineluctable influence(s) on the practice and writing of architecture. Bloated, sumptuous, extravagant, yet serious in its analyses, and conscious of its global outlook, the book, a self-styled “novel about architecture,” becomes a kind of barometer by which the current state of architecture practice can be measured. Can S,M,L,XL be considered an important waypoint in the trajectory of architecture publishing, one marking the transition from the modernist manifesto to the image-rich websites of today?