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Postmarked is an annual publication that showcases the interdisciplinary qualities of architecture through student’s writing and image making. Each issue will have a different theme that will both cross physical borders and disciplinary boundaries. The publication consists of a collection of ‘postcards’ written and selected by students engaging with the built environment on a local, national, or global scale. Postmarked namesake encapsulates our international student body population and to position the architectural discipline in different contexts.


current theme 

— ‘Sonder’

“It’s strange, I’m around all these people, yet I have never felt more alone… but also I have never felt more alive.”

For many of us, this existential feeling has not gone away even though the world continues somewhat crowdless. Perhaps this confrontation with social isolation is familiar to some, perhaps it is something that comes alive when we’re in a specific space, or state of mind, wading through this tangle that is life.

Postmarked invites you to compose a postcard pondering sonder—a spontaneous moment of realization that each passerby is living a life as vivid, complex, and precious as your own. Like the typical postcard, one side will showcase an image and the other side written text—both curated by you. Ultimately, these postcards will be shared with a community that continues to dissolve and expand the boundaries of their disciplines. No matter how simple or intricate, melancholic or pleasant, hilarious or mundane, we look forward to reading your account of sonder.



team


Editors
                                                        Brad Lei
                                                        Caitlin Dippo
                                                        Emily Yan
                                                        Jack Kostyshen
                                                        Mackenzie Luke
                                                        Mariesa Travers
                                                        Natalie Rizk


Graphic Designers
                                                        Aanya Arora
                                                        Jack Tufts


Outreach & Marketing 
                                                        Michael Farris


Co-founders
                                                        Aanya Arora
                                                        Michael Farris
                                                        Natalie Rizk




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Issue Theme — ‘Sonder’


“It’s strange, I’m around all these people, yet I have never felt more alone… but also I have never felt more alive.”

For many of us, this existential feeling has not gone away even though the world continues somewhat crowdless. Perhaps this confrontation with social isolation is familiar to some, perhaps it is something that comes alive when we’re in a specific space, or state of mind, wading through this tangle that is life.

Postmarked invites you to compose a postcard pondering sonder—a spontaneous moment of realization that each passerby is living a life as vivid, complex, and precious as your own. Like the typical postcard, one side will showcase an image and the other side written text—both curated by you. Ultimately, these postcards will be shared with a community that continues to dissolve and expand the boundaries of their disciplines. No matter how simple or intricate, melancholic or pleasant, hilarious or mundane, we look forward to reading your account of sonder.

Submission Closed


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Issue #01 Sonder 
4” x 6” 


FAQ


Will my response be edited?
Yes, our editors will work with the author to make sure the submission reaches its highest potential before print. The author-editor relationship is highly collaborative and might require some revisions and edits before final approval. We do reserve the final editorial right to keep each issue consistent throughout.

Can I write multiple postcards?
Yes you can! If you’d like to write multiple postcards, we will review them all. Depending on the submissions, we may select multiple, one, or none depending on submission load, quality of writing, or whether it relates to the theme. Everything will be communicated during the submission period.

What’s the purpose of the image element?
The image accompanies the author’s writing and provides a visual layer for the readers. The image aspect also opens up the submissions to those who are interested in the visual aspect of storytelling.

Can I address my postcard to someone?
If you would like to have a “receiver” that is completely acceptable as long as it relates to the theme. It can be addressed to a person, place or thing. It is not a requirement to address the postcard to a person, place, or thing.

Can multiple authors write a single postcard?
Yes, if the prompt inspires you to collaborate with others, such submission will be accepted. Please properly credit all authors.

Can you publish a postcard anonymously?
Yes, if an author wishes not to disclose their name, their submission is completely acceptable.

What if I don't have latitude and longitude coordinates of my photograph?

You can find the coordinates of any location on Google Maps by typing in your location then right clicking on the location. 

For specific questions email us at postmarked@risd.edu


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