Abstract is an annual publication that aims to highlight the foremost projects completed in Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP). In 2020, we were selected to design this catalogue while experiencing a year of uncertainty, when the COVID-19 pandemic brought us to a sudden halt and forced us to re-structure most of what we do and value. We found ourselves analyzing the principles of time and space: What are public spaces like now? What determines time? How near or far is the exterior perceived? To which we responded with another question: What if we design a digital book that will actually be printed?
This resulted in a publication that exaggerated the use of digital resources and that employed the screen’s horizontal layout, where it would seem as if each page was made up of various overlaid windows. In parallel, typography took on a tone of its own: a monospaced font for base contents, bringing to mind the backend of websites, and a serif to simulate the frontend. Each section was divided by a marker page wherein shadows and flaps were digitally created, simulating reality… the book as a render.
Cheng Ju Lee
22.5 x 25.4 cms
Columbia GSAPP, 2021
Abstract is the annual print publication of faculty-selected student work from Columbia University GSAPP. The catalog is produced through the
Office of the Dean.
Abstract 2021 is available in a digital format and will be available in print in Fall 2022.