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Spring 2019

Vol. 2, No. 2SPRING 2019
HOME
We explore the meaning of home. It’s a powerful word, but one with a surprisingly pliable meaning.

Read the Spring 2019 issue here

Architect at Work

Join us at:
ARCHITECT@WORK
Enercare Centre, Hall D
100 Princes’ Blvd. Toronto
April 3–4, 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
Visit our booth, and join The Right Angle Journal Editor Gordon Grice in the Seminar Room, at 11:00 am, on April 3, where he will be sharing his views on “The Architecture of Discomfort.”
We should all be grateful to architects and designers for making our environment more comfortable and convenient. That’s their job, after all. But what about when they create things that are uncomfortable and downright inconvenient? Sometimes they should be thanked for that too.
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AIP 34

Stay tuned for news about:
AIP 34 – The 34th annual jury of the American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)
Hollywood, CA,
March 29
Go to: https://archinperspective.com
The Right Angle Journal Editor will be in attendance to take notes on the state of architectural illustration in 2019.

OAA Annual Conference 2019

Make sure you reserve your place at:
The OAA Annual Conference:  “Empowering Change”
Quebec City Convention Centre & Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
Quebec City, PQ
 
Sign up early for a presentation of “Architectural Writing: Communication by Design,”
Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 2:00 PM – 5:30 PM
 
Writing should be fun. You get to put your ideas on paper or on a screen, admire them and play around with them until they take on a personality of their own. It’s a lot like designing. But far too often, anxiety and uncertainty dampen your enthusiasm, and writing has the enjoyment squeezed right out of it.
 
If you’re an architect, help is at hand. You already have the creative abilities and the tools to be a good (even a great) writer – and to enjoy writing. All you have to do is learn to approach writing as a design problem.

Writing About the Built Environment

“Architects are terrible writers.”
a well-known and highly respected architectural editor

A lot of people believe that architects can’t write: the general public, architects themselves and, obviously, architectural editors who rely on architects for raw copy. We have to assume that the editors are the geniuses and not the writers, since there must be so much work involved in making architectural writing readable.
But for more than 20 years, the OAA journal Perspectives provided convincing evidence that architects – lightly edited – are actually really good writers. The catch is that they need to have something interesting to write about.
The Right Angle Journal picks up where Perspectives left off. We have broadened the field of contributors to include artists, designers and everyone with a passion for the built environment, but the instructions are the same: write about things that interest you, from a personal point of view. We like to see fiction, nonfiction and creative nonfiction – expository, descriptive or persuasive, and especially narrative. Everyone likes stories. If you have something in mind that you want to explore on the printed page, let us know. We can offer advice, encouragement, editing as required and, of course, a deadline, so you actually get it done.
 
RELEASING YOUR INNER WRITER
Writing should be fun. You get to put your ideas on paper or on a screen, admire them and play around with them until they take on a personality of their own. It’s a lot like designing. But there are times when anxiety and uncertainty dampen your enthusiasm, and writing has the enjoyment squeezed right out of it.
Most architects and designers have had zero training in writing, yet our professional duties often require us to write anyway. For most of us this means getting the writing out of the way and resuming whatever productive task you were working on before the interruption. It’s time to inject some joy back into writing, even when you have other things to do, the subject is boring and the deadline was yesterday.
The method is simple enough. Writing is a design exercise, and you already know how to design. All you need to do is learn how to transfer your design skills into written language, and you are pretty much there.
This plan may not make you an exceptional writer – that part is up to you – but it will help to make writing a little more natural and enjoyable by removing some of the barriers. It will at least help you to be a good writer, and may set you on a course toward becoming a modern Thomas Hardy.
The Right Angle Journal will be offering a “Releasing Your Inner Writer” seminar at the OAA Annual Conference in Quebec City, on May 22, in Quebec City. If you can’t make the seminar, don’t despair, we will be presenting the material as an online course later in the year. Watch this space.
Gordon S. Grice
Editor, The Right Angle Journal
 
[IMAGE: Thomas Hardy (1840–1928), architect, novelist and poet
Sketch by William Strang, ca. 1910, Wikimedia Commons]

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Latest Issue of The Journal: Spring 2019


Vol. 2, No. 2 – HOME
We explore the meaning of home. It’s a powerful word, but one with a surprisingly pliable meaning.

AVAILABLE HERE!

Next in The Journal

Vol. 2, No. 3 – SUMMER 2019
COLOUR
For centuries, architecture and urban design have been characterized by austere colour schemes
(Anything else would have been tawdry)
Has this epoch finally come to an end?

Vol. 2, No. 4 – FALL 2019
DRAWING
An examination of drawing as a narrative, drawing as a record of experiences and drawing as a means of discovery

Vol. 3, No. 1 – WINTER 2019/20
AUTHENTICITY
Highlighting the changing definitions of “authenticity” as it applies to architecture

Vol. 3, No. 2 – SPRING 2020
WATER
We look at the many uses of water as a building material, a plumbing necessity, an aesthetic device, and the source of countless insurance claims.

Upcoming Events

ARCHITECTURE IN PERSPECTIVE 34
Hollywood, California
American Society of Architectural Illustrators (ASAI)
March 29

ARCHITECT@WORK
Toronto
Enercare Centre, Hall D
April 3–4
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

OAA ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Quebec City
Quebec City Convention Centre
& Fairmont Le Château Frontenac
May 22–25

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