Michael Höpfner, Outpost of Progress, 2008; plastic sheeting, sisal line, wooden posts; 120 x 80 x 65 inches; courtesy the artist and Hubert Winter Gallery, Vienna

Guest Editorial Contributor Mary Ellen Carroll’s prolific career as a conceptual artist spans twenty years and a multifarious, provocative and often wry outpouring in architecture, writing, performance, photography, filmmaking, printmaking and sculpture. Carroll is the recipient of numerous grants and honors, including, most recently, the AIA’s 2010 Artist of the Year Award. Carroll has exhibited her work at numerous American and international galleries, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; ICA, London; and MUMOK, Vienna. A monograph of her work published by SteidlMACK received the AIGA’s 2010 Book of the Year Award. Carroll teaches in the architecture school at Rice University in Houston.

Domenick Ammirati is a writer and editor living in New York. His writing on art, books and music has appeared in publications including Dot Dot Dot, Artforum, Bookforum and Index. He is a former critical studies fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Core Program and resident in fiction at the Edward F. Albee Foundation in Montauk, NY. He is at work on a novel.

Morteza Baharloo was born in Iran in 1961 and moved to the United States in 1978. He co-founded Healix, Inc. (Healix.net) in 1989 where he serves as the Chairman of the Board. He is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction, including the historical novel The Quince Seed Potion (Bridge Works, 2004). He is a board member at the Asian American Writers Workshop and various Iranian-American organizations.

Renée Borgonjen is a Dutch art historian. Since 1993 she has operated on a freelance basis on the verge of art, architecture and literature. Her work encompasses research, exhibitions and publications. She recently completed a research and media project on the spaces in and around the work of Berend Strik, resulting in the catalogue May I Show You My Pictures? (Museum Het Valkhof, Nijmegen, 2010) and the website Berendstrik.nl.

Cynthia Chris is an Associate Professor in the Department of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York. She is the author of Watching Wildlife (University of Minnesota Press, 2006) and co-editor of Cable Visions: Television After Broadcasting (NYU Press, 2007). Her current work addresses regulation of sexuality in media, and she writes occasionally in the Austrian art magazine Springerin.

Simon Dance is the founder of Simon Dance Design, an international architecture, interior and product design studio based in London. Clients have included: Callum Innes, Richard Burbridge, Louise Blouin Foundation and Garage Center for Contemporary Culture.

Shezad Dawood is an artist interested in the multiple meanings excavated from particular sites, and how they represent microcosms of wider systems of belief and narrative. Recent exhibitions include: Altermodern, fourth Tate Triennial, Tate Britain, 2009; Making Worlds, 53rd Venice Biennale, 2009; and the Busan Biennale, 2010. He is currently Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Experimental Media at the University of Westminster.

Eva Hagberg’s work has appeared in Art + Auction, Architectural Record, Metropolis, Tin House, The New York Times, Wallpaper* and Wired. She is the author of Dark Nostalgia (2009) and Nature Framed: At Home in the Landscape (2011), both published by The Monacelli Press, and is currently studying architectural history and theory at the University of California, Berkeley, where she is determined to incorporate Battlestar Galactica into everything she writes.

For two decades Paula Hayes has been melding her interest in sculpture and horticulture into a unique practice that straddles the realms of art, design and landscape design. Her recent and upcoming exhibitions include Nocturne of the Limax maximus in the lobby of MoMA, New York (through April 18, 2011) and the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus (opening September 2011). Paulahayes.com.

Florian Idenburg is founder of Solid Objectives–Idenburg Liu (SO – IL), an award-winning creative catalyst involved in all scales and stages of the architectural process. With a global reach, SO – IL brings together experience from the fields of architecture, academia and the arts. So-il.org.

Mevis & Van Deursen live and work in Amsterdam. They are known for their intelligent and innovative work for cultural clients, producing: the new identity of the Temporary Stedelijk for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the identity for fashion duo Viktor & Rolf; and numerous books on art, architecture and photography including In & Out of Amsterdam (MoMA, 2009). Their collaboration is documented in the book Recollected Work: Mevis
& Van Deursen
(Artimo, 2005).

Peter Noever is a designer and curator. He was the CEO/Artistic Director of the MAK–Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (1986–2011) and founder of the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, Los Angeles (1994). He has organized numerous exhibitions and authored books on design, architecture and art. He was the editor of the architecture magazine UMRISS (1982–94). He lives and works in Vienna.

Marcos Sánchez is a lecturer at the University of Southern California and is a member of the cultural studies and studio faculty at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in Los Angeles. Mark Wasiuta is on faculty at Columbia University, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, where he is also Director of Exhibitions and Director of Global Experiments in Art and Architecture. Sánchez and Wasiuta’s collaborative identity is the International House of Architecture (IHA). IHA is currently developing a series of design research projects that examine the visual, spatial and chemical aspects of Los Angeles’ urban atmosphere, its forms of pollution and other contaminants.

Dutch artist Berend Strik has worked in different disciplines over the past twenty-five years, ranging from sculpture and architecture to two-dimensional works such as his well-known stitched photographs. His publications by Valiz, Amsterdam, include: Body Electric (2004), Stitches in Time (2007) and Thixotropy: Transfixed, Stitched Photographs (2009). Strik works with Jack Tilton Gallery, New York; Galerie Fons Welters, Amsterdam; and Stephane Simoens, Knokke, Belgium.

Asmara M. Tekle is an associate professor of law at Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University, where she teaches and writes in the law of property and land use.