ARRAYS collects over three dozen maps and diagrams developed by Joe Day and his practice deegan-day design over the last two decades. Many chart a domain within the field—contemporary architecture in Los Angeles, digital vanguard possibilities, or the interests of his SCI-Arc colleagues. Others explore the neighboring disciplines of fine art, urbanism and cinema. Some imagine cross-pollinations between those worlds.
Combining the methods of Charles Jencks and Rosalind Krauss, Day deploys a wide array of timelines, scenario planning “quads” and Expanded Field diagrams to draw connections between disparate projects and actors. Many resemble complex games of tic-tack-toe, cat’s cradle, or target practice. Building on Day’s more general interest in vision and architecture, these arrays are themselves exercises in envisioning and redefining the various contexts in which he works.
Joe Day is a designer and architectural theorist in Los Angeles, where he leads deegan-day design and serves on the design and history/theory faculty at SCI-Arc. In both his design and writing, Day examines the intersections of contemporary art, urbanism and architecture as visual disciplines. In addition to frequent publication of his design work, Day's critical writing has been featured in journals including Architecture magazine, Interior Design, LoudPaper, Deutsche Bauzeitung and Architecture and Urbanism in Latin America, as well as in surveys including Sessions (SCI-Arc, 2005) and Evil Paradises (New Press, 2007). He edited an AIA award-winning monograph of Frank Israel (Rizzoli, 1992) and contributed an additional forward to the 2009 edition of Reyner Banham's seminal study, Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies (University of California Press, 2009). In the spring of 2012, he taught at Yale School of Architecture as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Chair. Day's recent Corrections and Collections: Architectures for Art and Crime (Routledge Press, 2013), explores new polarities in contemporary architecture and urbanism. Current projects include a Media Center at Columbia College Hollywood and residential work throughout southern California.