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Book by Joe Day Surveys Architectures for Art and Crime
The United States holds over two million inmates in its prisons and jails, and hosts over two million daily visits to museums—in both, more than a ten-fold increase over the last fifty years. A new book by SCI-Arc trustee and alumnus Joe Day (M.Arch ’94), Corrections and Collections examines how architectures of exhibition and discipline now dominate the American landscape, the ways in which the two typologies complement one another, and why we’ve become a society of more and more extreme freedoms and constraints.

Day shows that the surging demand for both museums and prisons has spurred architects to gamble on new design possibilities and to experiment with their scale and distribution through US cities. He charts cross-pollination between these building types, beginning with an unlikely convergence in Minimalism, and escalating through a wealth of diverse millennial holding spaces.

On Monday, Oct 28, 7pm, SCI-Arc will host a discussion with author Joe Day and Director Eric Owen Moss, addressing Day’s survey of new architectures for the beautiful and the damned. The talk is followed by a book signing reception.

Joe Day is design principal of deegan-day design and teaches at SCI-Arc and Yale School of Architecture. In 2009, he contributed a new foreword to Reyner Banham’s seminal study Los Angeles: Architecture of the Four Ecologies (UC Press). Published by Routledge Press, Corrections and Collections was completed with a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Corrections & Collections is available on Amazon.