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2005

Using contemporary rhetoric and representational strategies in art, design, and media, ____SCAPE proposes faux products for improving society. This particular issue concerns the abstract concept of 'Beauty and Design' and features a product known as Slum Cladding, a series of false facades used to transform unsightly and filthy living conditions into reproductions of classical and famous architecture. Concept, layout, fake projects, and design all done by Angel Steger, except where noted.

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Front cover of the magazine features a photo of a slum with one of the houses cut out. The magazine's logo and title point to the missing shape as an opportunity in the theme of "beauty and design". This alludes to the featured project in the magazine, a scheme to clad slums in reproductions of famous buildings.
Table of contents. Layout and typoraphic style imitates contemporary high-end design magazines with lots of white space and implied structure in the layout.
The images in this magazine are appropriated from the internet and recombined to form fake art and design projects. This one features a hypothetical art project where the artist, in investigating "insanity as metaphor", has created a series of torturous installations in mental institutions that have been videotaped and reinstalled in galleries.
Hypothetical Frank Gehry building, collaged from existing Gehry buildings. This project satirizes the idea of architecture as mega-brand crudely superimposed over history. "Guggenheim Istanbul" claims to highlight the locale, when it's literally blocking a famous mosque with a giant fish clad in gas-flamed carbon scales, shooting shards of light into the sky.
At left, a jab at documentary photography: the work of a hypothetical photographer who, claiming to be an activist, has gained fame from photographing acid burn victims, while none of her profits have gone back to the people she's photographing.
The centerfold features the "before" and "after" effects of Slum Cladding, a system designed to camouflage unsightly poverty by covering it with images of famous architecture. Great for improving real estate value—and educational!
Slum Cladding "fixes" unsightly slums, the cladding is so tight that water condensation on the inside can be used as a water source, and it brings great works of architecture to people who can't afford to travel. The project has a real structural system that could be built by screwing walls and a roof into existing slum structures, thus making them stronger as an additional benefit.
Section and elevational drawings illustrate how the Slum Cladding structure works. At right, the page layout superimposes the intellectual posture of the text document, obscuring the "real picture" of poverty.
Like the previous page, the "truth" is in the margins and are overwritten by the modernist white space.
This is a gadgets page featuring existing devices used to control public space: special benches that prevent people from sleeping on them, metal nubs that are attached to surfaces to prevent skateboarders. Graphics here done by Stephen Steger, directed by Angel Steger.
Outside cover for ____Scape Magazine.