Behind the January Cover

Find out the story behind this issue’s cover

All the pieces were falling into place for January. We had two stellar photographers—Paúl Rivera and Peter Aaron—shooting Grimshaw’s EMPAC building. After some discussion, we chose a Rivera image of the performance hall, a kind of wooden egg nested in glass. The only problem: no people. But even that seemed all right once we learned he would be photographing the space one more time. We’d get our cover with people. On the day of the reshoot, I got an e-mail from Paúl asking if we had a backup plan. Attached was a digital scouting shot, but the interior was now adorned with Christmas decorations. So how did we resolve it? We performed a little holiday magic.

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