While we continue to unpack how the sharing economy impacts the built environment, PLAT is happy to announce that:
PLAT 8.0 will be themed on simplicity.
In today’s chaotic world, simplicity grows virtuous. As an operational directive, simplicity forces the pursuit of the essential, where what matters is retained and what doesn’t is tossed overboard. Simplicity is at once classic and trending; ambitious and naïve; utopian and pragmatic.
On the other hand, simplicity is not what it pretends to be. In architecture, it takes a lot of effort for work to “appear” attractively simple, leading to opaque expressions that seem elementary but in reality are anything but. Further, too much simplicity flattens nuance. Simplicity lies.
To be dumb about it, simplicity isn’t simple. PLAT 8.0 asks: How can contemporary understandings of simplicity further architectures that prize directness without sacrificing subtlety? How is simplicity an ethical concern as well as an aesthetic one? Is there a difference?
See the for our submissions page and the full text of our Call for Submissions. Send PLAT your essays, projects, case studies, interviews, oral histories, fictions, drawings, anecdotes, jokes, memes, etc. Please share this call with those who may be interested. The deadline for abstracts is December 1. Send material to email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you. Follow the work here @ and at platjournal.com.