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Arjen Oosterman

Arjen Oosterman is Editor-in-Chief of Volume.

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Brendan Cormier

Brendan Cormier is Managing Editor at Volume.

Article, Volume #41

Critical Globalism: Rem Koolhaas Interviewed by Brendan Cormier and Arjen Oosterman

Posted on October 20, 2014 — by and

With Rem Koolhaas ‘couch surfing’ has acquired a new meaning. Anyone lucky enough to actually get an interview with Koolhaas will most likely end up on his couch. The back seat of his BMW that is. Some private conversation time, wherever the journey takes you, accompanied by the deep hum of the V12 sports engine. Volume became member of this back seat club to discuss some intentions behind Fundamentals and perspectives on architecture it produced.

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Editorial, Volume #38

Law on the Line

Posted on February 18, 2014 — by and

Let’s talk about law and faith. The law requires a certain faith – faith that it will perform in our collective best interest. Last year in particular, it was easy to lose that faith. Several high-profile cases brought to light incongruities in our judicial systems that unduly exonerated some, while persecuting others. Take the case of Wall Street. Following the 2008 crash, the US government put together its best legal team to root out what went wrong and who were the culprits. In a case where rapacious greed and gross misconduct were clearly at play, the government failed to prosecute a single major banker. Or look to the cold-blooded murder of Trayvon Martin by neighborhood vigilante George Zimmerman. Using Florida’s ‘Stand Your Ground’ law, lawyers were able to justify the racially-charged murder of a defenseless boy. Then there’s Guantanamo Bay, a prison run by the ‘most democratic nation’ in the world, still holding people stripped of their rights. All of this is technically legal.

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Call: The Law and its Consequences

Posted on August 16, 2013 — by

We’re calling on the Volume network to share examples of laws and their unintended consequences in preparation for our end-of-the year issue.

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Constructing the Issue: Making Volume 36

Posted on August 5, 2013 — by

That’s a wrap. The dust has settled, the ink has dried, and copies of Volume 36 have been shipped off to subscribers, newsstands, and the gracious contributors that made it all possible. With some respite now at hand, I wanted to take time to write out some thoughts and reflections on the production of the […]

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Article, Volume #36

From Written Word to Practiced Word

Posted on August 1, 2013 — by and

Gwangju Biennial On Site, a community Hub for content production, 2011. A project by nOffice (Miessen Pflugfelder Nilsson). Photography by JomgOh Kim.

‘Ivory towers’ and ‘paper architecture’ are common put-downs used to question the agency of critical and speculative thought. After the theoretical hangover of a Deleuze et al architectural education, many young critical thinkers turned to practice as a means to put their thoughts into action. We sat down with Markus Miessen, who has spent the past several years researching critical and spatial practice, to see what this means for the field of criticism.

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Get Published in Volume

Posted on June 1, 2013 — by

LikesDislikes

Here’s your chance to have your photographs featured in Volume. For our upcoming issue we’re re-evaluating the role of criticism in architectural production. For a feature called ‘Likes and Dislikes: The New Critical Economy’ we’re reducing ourselves to a Facebook-style crowdsourcing of likes and dislikes among Volume readers; and we’re asking for your contribution.

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Question of the Day

Posted on May 24, 2013 — by

Question of the Day: With our next issue, Volume dives into ‘ways to be critical’. We’re examining the current condition of architecture criticism and the various ways it’s broadcasted. So our question: What are your go-to sources for architectural criticism? Which medium do you prefer? Print, tumblr, e-book, etc. Shoot us your response to: info@archis.org

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Article, Volume #35

Verging on Convergence

Posted on May 8, 2013 — by and

The Dutch Rathenau Instituut started in 1986 as a technology assessment center to advise Dutch Parliament. It has since developed into a broader think tank studying the organization and development of science systems, while regularly publishing and stimulating debate about the social impact of new technologies. Volume talks to the Institute’s Rinie van Est and Virgil Rerimassie to hear about the main trends in synthetic biology and related disciplines. They paint a picture of the world where biology and technology have converged, and where our fundamental way of working through scientific problems has shifted.

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Volume Gives Relief: Special Subscription Offers!

Posted on May 1, 2013 — by

Crisis? What Crisis? This was the title of Volume #9, which came out in the summer of 2006 speculating on the decline of the suburbs and the need for a grand plan. Seven years and several crises later, today, you like many others might be facing your own personal financial crisis. But that shouldn’t stop you from feeding your intellectual hunger and searching for inspiration! To help out we’ve extended our 20% discount for students to one year after graduation and introduced a special introductory subscription price for first-time subscribers. Click here for the details.

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Article, Volume #35

Nature through the Windshield

Posted on April 17, 2013 — by and

For more than eight years artist Koert van Mensvoort has been working on a project to redefine our concept of nature. Through his platform Next Nature he has published books, held talks, ran workshops, maintained an active blog, and even developed a hoax, all in effort to communicate that there is no absolute nature, but that technology and nature are deeply intertwined; a biosynthetic nature so to speak. Can the development of a Gillette razor be considered in Darwinian terms of evolution? Is the fake nature of an indoor ski slope any less legitimate than the Alps? By fundamentally shifting the way we conceive nature, he believes we will be better able to cope with the oncoming climatic and environmental challenges ahead.

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