I’ve always been artistically oriented, and cartooning has always been a favorite pastime as well as a creative outlet. During my enlightening yet stressful years at Yale, I often poked fun at the institution, our professors, and architecture, my calling.
In the ‘60s, undergraduate residences at Yale University were divided into “Colleges” each with its own Master, Master’s House, Dining Room, and entrances to their own secure courtyards, since the campus is part of the city of New Haven, Connecticut. Security was not just to keep students safe! When I was there, Yale was an all male institution, and campus police were on the lookout for girls, whom we often smuggled into our rooms and to parties. Such illicit behavior was more easily accomplished on weekends, because general riotous behavior kept campus police busy and confused. I lived in the Saybrook dorm, which featured 5 gothic stories of weekend testosterone gone berserk on Saturday Night… Look out for Rapunzel, bras, & beer!
Form v. Function
“Form Follows Function” is the honored dictum of the Modern Movement in Architecture, a paean in contrast to the ornamental pastiche of the Victorian preceding style. While in architecture school, I mocked the dictum because adherents did not use it in their designs. I often thought Modernism turns out to be lacking in its professed honesty, in that its buildings, even by its greatest architects, are anything except functional – to wit, the glass skyscraper.
Dancing on the Greats
We are but students, dancing on the shoulders of the greats: Corbusier, Rudolf, Mies, The Bauhaus, Frank Lloyd Wright, (one that I can’t read anymore, any ideas?), and Richardson.
Neuroses in Architects
This cartoon was for a psychiatry journal at Yale. The neuroses seriously discussed in it had nothing to do with my analysis. Maybe I was neurotic to think this is funny!
Math vs. Art
This was a common quandary of mine while at Yale Arch: MATH vs ART personifies the tension between the heart and the mind, between artistic vision and practical construction. The computer represents practical & mechanical thinking, while the cube with a hole represents Art as Cubistic, i.e.: pure vision in defiance of physics and linear thinking. Architects must bridge this dichotomy in their work.