THE PROBLEM WITH THE CORNER PROBLEM
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 | Perloff Hall
The Problem with the Corner Problem, 142 A.UD Technology II (Undergrad)
Instructor: Erin Besler
The other big thing was, as far as I was concerned, that they almost all seemed to get in trouble in the corners. -Frank Stella (1)
As some would describe the title of this course as merely a cliche, superfluous or boring, no recent topic in architecture has carried less discursive weight than the Corner Problem. Why is it that the meeting of two surfaces has caused such a perpetual problem? Might we point fingers at issues of material thickness, or accuracy and tolerance? Despite claims that the Corner Problem is nothing more than a clumsy Roman invention (2), some have argued that it has already been solved in a variety of ways (as problems often are). Perhaps only in architecture has the term problem, not come to be something that requires a solution, but rather something to be worked on - a project. And if it is a problem, if it has reached a point where the discipline can call it that, then clearly we all agree that there is something repetitively happening in the corner.
(1) Frank Stella Interview, 1972 accessed at http://www.youtube.com/watchvcN_rRCfRdmQ
(2) Christopher Drew Armstrong, Julien-David Leroy and The Making of Architectural History, 99.