Joe Day discusses some historically important diagrams--from Alfred Barr's attempts to make sense of modern art to Time magazine's family tree of hip-hop--as a preface to a discussion of his own use of diagrams. He describes the diagrams of his thesis project in the 1990s, an attempt to make sense of architectural practice in L.A. in 2002, and tracing lineages in contemporary Japanese architecture. He turns his attention from timeline diagrams to diagrams that map according to conceptual coordinates, including his own 2007 mapping of L.A. practices. Day discusses cases where the diagram generated the project, from Corbusier's Radiant City (1924) to Benjamin Constant's New Babylon in the 1960s. He presents his most recent attempt to map the most important issues at SCI-Arc with two diagrams representing a range of positions within the categories of Science and Philosophy. He concludes with the diagrams that led to his book Corrections and Collections (2013). He stresses that diagrams are not only good ways to manage large amounts of information, but, done right, explore provocative questions.
ARRAYS collects over three dozen maps and diagrams developed by Joe Day and his practice deegan-day design over the last two decades.
Creator and Executive Producer - Hernan Diaz Alonso
Producer - Marcelyn Gow
Director - Reza Monahan
Director of Photography - Sean Morris
2nd Camera - Aakash Shah
Sound Engineer - Scotty Tipton
Lighting Tech - Robert Moreno
Story Producer - Marcelyn Gow
Editors - Sean Morris/Reza Monahan
Assistant Editor - Mike Ballestrero
Joe Day introduces a panel discussion on Gordon’s Matta-Clark the day after Jane Crawford’s lecture at SCI-Arc on her late husband’s work. Joe Day, Gary Paige, Mary-Ann Ray, and Richard Kelly briefly presented some their own work in relation to Matta-Clark. The presentations were followed by a 50 minute discussion led by Coy Howard and Michele Saee.
A.UD Lecture Series Lecture
February 6, 2012
Design Principal, Deegan Day Design, Los Angeles
Joe Day is a designer and architectural theorist in Los Angeles, where he leads Deegan-Day Design LLC and serves on the design and history/theory faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). In both his design and writing, Day examines the intersections of contemporary art, urbanism and architecture as visual disciplines. He recently contributed an additional foreword to the 2009 edition of Reyner Banham's seminal study, Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies (University of California Press, 2009), and in the spring of 2012, Day will teach at Yale School of Architecture as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Chair.