Summer update, Massimo Paolini’s effort on changing the Default

Posted on August 21, 2020 — by

To our regret, the newest issue of Volume has been delayed, but yes, we are still here and yes, we are still producing. The aftermath of the pandemic will throw us in another long global transition, and architects cannot afford to waste time feeding golden calves. Before we operate, this time we must change the default settings. For now, we would like to share the effort to change the Default by Massimo Paolini. He wrote a letter to the Mayor (in this case Barcelona) late April as an urgent call to rethink the city as a direct reaction to the Covid pandemic.

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Interview, Volume #56

Play and Reality: the Secret Tapes (Ben Schouten and Gabriele Ferri interviewed by Volume)

Posted on January 26, 2020 — by

In addition to the interview published in Volume 56, we release some more material from that conversation that we couldn’t include in print. Enjoy!

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Publications, Volume #56

OUT NOW Volume #56: Playbor

Posted on December 20, 2019 — by

There once was a time when work and leisure were separate realms: you worked or you played. These days, playing is work and work demands playing. Who’s fooling who, may we ask?

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Labor Pains

Labor Pains

Posted on November 15, 2019 — by

In the build up to our next issue, #56 Playbor, we’ll publish a series of texts exploring not only the data produced by these international surveys, but too the conditions and criteria that defined their questions in the first instance. The task is to explore and deconstruct the terminology, methodologies, and perimeters of these polls and surveys whose goal it is to quantify the qualitative, to measure the ephemeral.

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Architecture of Peace Dialogues: wrap-up

Posted on June 17, 2019 — by

The question ‘how do we materialize peace?’ is as old as humankind, though unfortunately more relevant than ever. The Middle-Eastern tensions have not come to an end, and yet the USA is preparing for new confrontations. The ‘super-powers’ are arm-wrestling over world hegemony and segregation, and expulsion leads to growing gaps in societies.

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Publications, Volume #55

OUT NOW Volume #55: Intangible Cultural Heritage

Posted on June 14, 2019 — by

When it comes to heritage, the material remains of our presence in the past, the max we do is to protect and preserve. Respect for what was takes over from engagement with what is, or can be.

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The Battle for Home: Interview with Marwa Al-Sabouni by Lilet Breddels

Posted on June 7, 2019 — by

In her book ‘The Battle for Home’, the Syrian architect Marwa Al-Sabouni focuses on Homs and how the city was destroyed by architecture even before the war began. Lilet Breddels discussed with her in Amsterdam last December, when she received a prestigious Prince Claus Award for her contribution to architectural thinking.

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Architecture of Peace Dialogues: April & May 2019

Posted on April 5, 2019 — by

Four Architecture of Peace Dialogues in April & May 2019 intend to give new insights and tools to work with in the coming years. The format of the exchange will experiment with the fusion of the ‘Socratic Dialogue’ and ‘The Handbook for Democratic Dialogue’.

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OUT NOW Volume #54: On Biennials

Posted on December 17, 2018 — by

In Volume 54 we look at what biennials promise and what we actually get; we look at who is pulling the strings and for whom they are made. But first and foremost we check what a biennial can do.

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Interview, Volume #53

Chickenville, a chicken’s ambition – Interview with SKROZ Architecture

Posted on December 5, 2018 — by

Shortly after the release of Volume 53: Civic Space, we realized that we left out a crucial group of stakeholders, animals. Starting from the ecosystem designed for the ‘Chickenville’ project, we discussed our shortcoming with SKROZ Architecture. Our conversation, informally carried out via messaging apps, shone a light on yet another sensitive term of mediation often forgotten in architecture: humour.

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Interview, Volume #54

China’s Cities on the Move – Interview with Daan Roggeveen

Posted on November 29, 2018 — by

It’s been seven years since Daan Roggeveen and Michiel Hulshof published How the City Moved to Mr. Sun, the story of mass urbanization in China. It looked specifically at the mechanisms behind this phenomenon and the challenge to host the next 300 million people during the coming twenty years (starting from 2010). After Ole Bouman’s reflection on the Venice Architecture Biennale two weeks ago, this is the second prelude to Volume #54: On Biennials with a special on the UABB\Shenzhen.

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Publications, Volume #53

OUT NOW Volume #53: Civic Space

Posted on August 16, 2018 — by

With a variety of authors, VOLUME #53 investigates these physical and virtual spaces –
and the kinds of agency used to negotiate them – through the lenses of Institutions and
of People.

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Interview, Volume #52

Empowering Design – Interview with Keller Easterling

Posted on June 12, 2018 — by

Most people focus on object and form. Not Keller Easterling. She’s drawn to the in-between. Challenging the binaries of formal-informal, practical-impractical, like-dislike, right-wrong, Easterling points at extemporaneous design thinking that works with potentials and indeterminate forms. In this frame, space is an informational system where discrepancies between what an organization is saying and is actually doing open new territories for design to intervene.

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Publications, Volume #52

OUT NOW Volume #52: The End of Informality

Posted on May 7, 2018 — by

Informality can be interpreted as a positive quality hinting at individual freedom or even be romanticized as bottom up and empowering force. But informality as safety valve for a system that is not able to adjust to changing conditions smoothly and quickly enough is another matter.

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Are you working on your fringe?

Posted on April 26, 2018 — by

‘Reinventing the fringe’ is a critical reconsideration of post-war urban areas on the fringe of nine European cities, viewed from the perspectives of sustainability, social cohesiveness, mobility and land use.

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Jaap Bakema and the Open Society

Posted on May 31, 2017 — by

Jaap Bakema and the Open Society is the first extensive book publication on the Dutch architect Jaap Bakema, his ideas and ideals for society at large. Throughout the post-WWII decades Bakema was inspired to build for a democratic and open society. His body of work, his teaching and writing, and his international presence are testimony to the vicissitudes of the welfare state and the roles played by architecture and planning in its construction.

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Article, Volume #50

(un)(re)learning: On cyclical learning

Posted on February 6, 2017 — by

In collaboration with Volume, KU Leuven’s Faculty of Architecture, campus Sint-Lucas Ghent/Brussels, selected recent graduate projects and reflected on the underlying ambitions of the school. The result is ‘Doing It the Belgian Way’, one of the two inserts in Volume 50. The insert presents three perspectives: Embracing Complexity, Embedding in the Local, and Un/Re-Learning. The following text is the introduction to this third chapter.

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Event, Learning Network, Volume #49

Launch: Volume #49 Hello World!

Posted on October 25, 2016 — by


While the Istanbul Biennial questions ‘Are We Human?’, Volume explores the post-human world of Artficial Intelligence and Machine Learning. It’s not about the future, not about promise, it’s very much about the here and now. Please join us coming Friday (October 28) for an informal gathering at Post Office, Rotterdam to exchange on this life changing topic.

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Volume #46

Housing as a Fundamental Human Right

Posted on October 17, 2016 — by


To see housing as a fundamental human right is a relatively new concept with consequences for law, justice and politics. In issue 46: Shelter, Volume published Abla el Bahrawy’s quick scan of the first formulation of this universal right and its further development into an action agenda in consecutive UN-Habitat conferences to promote and secure this right globally.

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Learning Network

The Learning Network

Posted on March 23, 2016 — by

‘To beyond or not to be’, our slogan over these years, has proven its relevance. By becoming the norm it’s topicality has been lost. It is time to move forward and take new directions.

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Event, Learning Network

Learning Programme lectures

Posted on March 2, 2016 — by

Together with the International Master of Architecture of the (KU Leuven), Archis organizes a lecture series on the topic of Learning.

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Archis 2008 #2, Article

Paris’ Slums by Steven Wassenaar

Posted on January 27, 2016 — by


Photographer Steven Wassenaar his work on Paris’ slums has been nominated for de Zilveren Camera 2015. Steven made contributions to Volume, among which his article ‘Coping with Slums and Slabs’ for Volume #16: Engineering Society, which focuses on France’s urban policy towards slum-living.

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Archis 2002 #3, Archis 2009 #4, Event

Amsterdam’s Playgrounds by Aldo van Eyck

Posted on January 22, 2016 — by


On Wednesday 27 January, The Rijksmuseum will host the launch of ‘Aldo van Eyck, Seventeen Playgrounds’. The book, by Anna van Lingen and Denisa Kollarova, highlights and discusses the seventeen remaining playgrounds in Amsterdam by Dutch architect Aldo van Eyck.

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Volume 10 Years

A Gift From Japan

Posted on December 24, 2015 — by


For our 10th anniversary, we received a wonderful gift from one of our Japanese readers. This is simply amazing, you have never seen anything like this!

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Volume 10 Years

Thank You!

Posted on December 17, 2015 — by

At Hotel Droog in Amsterdam, we celebrated Volume's 10-year anniversary with a big and warm crowd!

Volume wants to thank all of you who showed up at our events in New York and Amsterdam. Without you, it wouldn’t have been as great as it was. We are looking forward for the next ten years!

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Interview, Learning Network

Learning by Doing

Posted on December 1, 2015 — by


Learning by Doing: A digital interview with Francien van Westrenen, Willemijn Lofvers, Tim Devos and Hans Venhuizen, the intiatiors of Stroom Den Haag’s project ‘Stadsklas’.

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Event, Volume 10 Years

Volume 10 Years Quiz

Posted on November 30, 2015 — by


To end the celebrations of our 10-year anniversary with a bang, we will be holding a competition to refresh your memory and give you the opportunity to become Volume’s number one historian.

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