It looks like all initiatives of self-reliant citizens seem to take place at the small scale of the house, the street or the neighborhood at most. But what does it mean for the larger scale of the city, the country or even transnationally? Archis Speaks Volumes #3 invites three experts to reflect on those larger scales and what kind of governing or ‘rules of the new game’ should be in place.
For those who are in Brussels (or want to go there for joined celebrations) on Wednesday October 21, Volume editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman will tell how and most of all why the project came into being and what he foresees for the future.
While education is currently under financial and ideological pressure, learning is flourishing. Learning is not a self-contained period of time and place in which we magically transform into adults, but rather a life-long condition, a process that now permeates everywhere and everything at all times. For some learning is a luxury, yet for others it’s an economic necessity. Learning can be a tool of social liberation, but also one of financial subjugation and political oppression. In this issue of Volume, we’re thinking about what it means to learn: how it happens, where, by what, for whom, and why. Learning points us in a direction and gives us tools; does it also teach us how to use them and make a move?
Volume has invited people from its network to select a favorite article/contribution and indicate in a few lines why. The coming weeks and months we’ll republish their choices with their motivation. If you feel tempted to highlight a personal favorite with a brief motivation, please send us an email and we may be able to include it in this series: firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re thrilled to see your pick of the week.
One of architecture’s histories is that of the art of display: architecture displaying power, political ambition, economic success, social agendas, or less mundane notions like dreams, convictions and belief. These days architecture has also become subjected to display: the display of architecture — in museums and collections, and in auctions for example. That adds but also distracts meaning; not every aspect of architecture can be displayed as easy. And what does a culture of display (be seen or perish) add to this condition?
There’s only two days left to visit the ARCHIZINES exhibition at its final destination, Moscow.
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There is a theory that the more organized (read: developed) a society is, the less self-sufficient it becomes. All sorts of services and amenities, from housing to energy, from culture to justice, are centrally organized and distributed. But is that necessarily so? Or are we heading for a new order in which decentralized and self-reliant become the norm?
War and conflict are of all ages. To confront this reality, peace missions, rebuilding operations and international law have been developed as tools to help create stability and peace after conflict. This is very impressive indeed, but the road to sustainable peace is arduous and troublesome. Furthermore, rebuilding and urban planning strategies can rekindle old conflicts. The exhibition The Good Cause not only gives insight into the complexities of dealing with post-conflict situations. Through inspiring case studies from Afghanistan, Kosovo, South Africa, Rwanda, Israel and Palestine, it also shows what reconstruction could look like if it were designed with an eye for local structures.
Come along on Monday 16 March at Pakhuis de Zwijger in Amsterdam for the second edition of Archis Speaks Volumes.
Bureau Europa presents the third iteration of an exhibition of the work of architect Cedric Price and the first public appearance of some of his selected projects in the Netherlands. As a satellite component tot he exhibition, a special Cedric Price insert magazine is created in collaboration with Volume. Volume readers will find the insert in the back of Volume #42.
For the next issue of Volume we are looking into self-built environments and how citizens create their own. In that context we bumped into this image:
Any idea who was the original architect?
If you know the answer, please send it to email@example.com before Friday 13 February. The winner, who will be selected randomly, will receive one of our famous Volume shopping bags!
Right before New Year we launched Volume’s 42nd issue, ‘Art and Science of Real Estate’. In the coming weeks we’re going to publish a selection of articles, and for those who are interested how the issue looks and feels we have uploaded a preview.
In today’s rapidly changing world, the role of real estate has been affected deeply. To such a degree that the Center for Urban Real Estate at Columbia University sees an opportunity to transform the profession from within, stressing its creative potential and introducing an ethical code. This issue of Volume is dedicated to CURE’s ambition to create a continuum between architecture and real estate, as part of the design disciplines.
The GDELT Project, “a real-time network diagram and database of global human society for open research”, has created an intriguing map that provides insight in protests and conflict situations around the world.
VI·BOK is a studio dedicated to thinking and critical action on living spaces. Last month they published an interview with Volume editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman and former Volume managing editor Brendan Cormier about their main editorial coordinates and the process of editing.
Make sure you don’t miss Malkit Shoshan‘s seminar on 27 November about the impact of peace-keeping missions. To get a preview on her ideas on the matters at stake, read her article in Volume #40: Architecture of Peace Reloaded.
The Connected exhibition program is coming to a closure. This weekend is the last opportunity to see the exhibition in New Energy Docks in Amsterdam, however. Don’t miss it!
Who rules the city? The traditional set of players who determine planning and management of cities has gone through a major shift. The financial crises since 2008 were a major trigger, but also more social and cultural incentives can be indicated as forces in play. Private partners, city urbanists, city governors, housing corporations, developers, and citizens try to redefine their roles in new constellations. Who sets the new rules and what effective regulation helps to facilitate citizens to co-create their environment?
We just launched Volume’s 41st issue, ‘How to Build a Nation’. In the coming weeks we’re going to publish a selection of articles, and for those who are interested how the issue looks and feels we have uploaded a preview.
For the first time, a general theme was given to the national pavilions at this year’s Architecture Biennale in Venice. They were to be historical shows, focused on the impact of modernity on a country’s architecture. What it produced was not just a global survey of twentieth century construction, but also heroic stories of nation-building. Yes, architecture can build nations. Today, we seem far from that notion. The nation-state is either giving up on itself, or exploited through tyrannical regimes. Meanwhile architects are hardly taking up the cause.
We are proud to present the first in a new series of Volume-related events at Amsterdam’s major city debate center Pakhuis de Zwijger. In post-conflict zones, can architecture go beyond bricks and mortar to help materialize peace?
We’re celebrating the release of Volume’s 40th issue by holding a party at Post Office Rotterdam on Friday 29 August at 8 PM.
Volume #40 features an extensive article by Jan Willem Petersen on the reconstruction ambitions and efforts by the various contributing countries to the UN peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan.
Last week, on Wednesday 16 July to be precise, the opening event of ‘The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace — Divided Cities’ took place at the Architekturmuseum der TU München. At the same time, Volume’s 40th issue, Architecture of Peace Reloaded, was officially launched.
Yesterday the opening event of ‘The Good Cause: Architecture of Peace — Divided Cities’ took place at the Architekturmuseum der TU München. At the same time we officially launched Volume’s 40th issue, Architecture of Peace Reloaded, that includes the catalogue of the exhibition. Four years ago we published Volume #26: Architecture of Peace to explore the […]
We’re very busy building up The Good Cause exhibition at the Architekturmuseum der TU München. Tomorrow at 7 PM is the official opening. At the same time we will be celebrating the launch of Volume’s 40th issue, Architecture of Peace Reloaded.
Architecture of Peace goes Munich! This Wednesday, 16 July, The Good Cause exhibition will be opened at the Architekturmuseum der TU München. At the same time we will also celebrate the launch of Volume’s 40th issue, Architecture of Peace Reloaded.
The Centre for Research Architecture in London sets the stage for Re-Cognitions, a MA Research Architecture end-of-the-year exhibition that features the work of Yasmine Abboud, Olympia Anesti, Nick Axel, Jacob Burns, Jesse Connuck, Rodrigo Delso Gutierrez, Yi-Hui Lin, Frank Mandell, Basima Sisemore, and Alan Yates. Opening is today at 6 PM.
The annual theme Money and its questions posed by the Think Space 2013/2014 guest curators Ethel Baraona Pohl & Cesar Reyes Najera will undoubtedly trigger conversations at the upcoming Unconference event at Lauba, People and Art House in Zagreb, 11-13 June 2014.
As curators of ‘Re-Creation – the Resilience of Architecture’, Juulia Kauste and Ole Bouman would like to invite you to join the debate ‘The Culture of Making’ and celebrate the launch of Volume #39 as catalogue of the past Urbanism\Architecture Bi-city Biennale Shenzhen, and featuring the contribution of Anssi Lassila at the Alvar Aalto Pavilion of Finland, Giardini di Castello, Venice.
The Dutch entry to this year’s Biennale will examine the work and ideas of the architect Jaap Bakema during the exhibition ‘Open: A Bakema Celebration’; a critical reflection on the idea of the open society through Jaap Bakema’s work and research. This Friday at 18:00 the exhibition will be officially opened.
This week, Volume’s editorial team will be heading for Venice to visit 2014’s Biennale. We will be attending and/or co-hosting several gatherings and events. This Friday, Volume editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman will be interviewed during the launch event of the book Behind the Green Door at the Nordic Pavilion.
A host of international experts from the world of justice, design, activism, conflict management, and politics will discuss how justice and design can either contain or ignite conflict situations. One of the important questions to address is: who’s law are we applying?
What is it like to live in a city that hosts more than 100 institutions that are active in the field of peace and justice? What impact does this have on security measures and urban planning? Is this identity a dividing factor or does it bring people closer together?
The unique Volume shopping bag is back in stock! Conceptualized by designers Daniel van der Velden and Maureen Mooren, the text was originally conceived as a T-shirt print, we couldn’t resist re-publishing it now that it is again so actual. Get one of these limited edition Dutch Design icons for only €10, worldwide shipping included!
As you may know, our exhibition The Good Cause is on show until 1st June at Stroom The Hague. Earlier this month, ArchiNed, one of the Netherlands’s major architecture websites, published quite a positive review about the exhibition.
As you may know our exhibition The Good Cause is currently on show at Stroom in The Hague. This spring Stroom will be hosting a side program accompanying The Good Cause, that consists of a number of tours, a congress, an Archis RSVP Event and a number of expeditions. Most of the events are free of charge.
Last month we officially launched Volume’s 39th issue, ‘Urban Border’. In the past weeks we have published a selection of articles, and for those who are interested how the issue looks and feels we have uploaded a preview. Enjoy! Click here to learn more about Volume #39.
The 2013 Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism\Architecture in Shenzhen took ‘urban border’ as its theme. For good reason. If there is a place to study ‘border’ as condition, it is Shenzhen. Demographic, territorial, economic, political, social, and legal borders created this fifteen million city in less than thirty-five years, and drive its further development. The transformation of this ‘factory of the world’ into a post-industrial economy and society, the disappearance of the Hong Kong-Shenzhen divide in 2047, and the reconciliation of state capitalism and communist rule, are but three of the challenges Shenzhen is facing, to which its role and position in the larger-scale development of the Pearl River Delta can be added.
Earlier this month, Forensic Architecture, SITU Research, and Ben Emmerson (United Nations Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights) launched a web platform that maps out civilian casualties from drone strikes in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, and Iraq, as well as Israeli strikes in Gaza.
Two weeks ago, on March 8, we celebrated the opening of The Good Cause exhibition at architecture institute Stroom in The Hague. The exhibit, that will be on show until June 1st, addresses the military, political and cultural complexity of rebuilding operations. Can architecture actively contribute to this area of tension?
Last December, the editorial team of Volume spent three weeks in Shenzhen to work on the official catalogue of the 5th Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (UABB). The UABB Catalogue was presented on Friday February 28 with a special event during the Biennale’s closing ceremony.
Professionals and students in architecture and related fields are eligible to participate in Think Space’s 2013/2014 MONEY cycle. Think Spaces promotes and welcomes interdisciplinary approaches and whoever feels capable of submitting the entry that complies with the competition requirements is eligible to apply.
Missions of war and missions of peace: both can have a devastating effect on the spatial and social condition of the city. Architecture of Peace is a longterm research project by the international think tank Archis, addressing the military, political and cultural complexity of rebuilding operations. Can architecture actively contribute to a sustainable peace in this field of conflict? The exhibition The Good Cause shows inspiring and hopeful examples in post-war areas in order to distill a number of ‘key success factors’.
On January 31st we launched Volume’s 38th issue – The Shape of Law – with a special event at Post Office in Rotterdam. For those who haven’t seen the issue yet but can’t wait to get their hands on it, here’s a little preview!
Architecture, environment and digital culture magazine Bracket asks: What are the collective projects in the public realm to act on? How have recent design projects incited political or social action? How can design catalyze a public, as well as forums for that public to act? What is the role of spatial practice to instigate or resist public actions?
For all of you who aren’t able to attend the Volume #38 launch event tonight at Post Office Rotterdam and who cannot wait until it reaches your bookstore and who -strangely enough – are no subscriber yet, you can order the issue here!
Join us Friday January 31st as we launch Volume’s 38th issue – The Shape of Law – with a special event at Post Office in Rotterdam.
How Do You Do Biodesign is an evening for architects, urban designers, product designers, fashion designers, artists and developers of digital technology and media, which will illuminate exactly what biodesign can mean for the field of work and research. How Do You Do Biodesign is co-produced by Het Nieuwe Instituut and the Willem de Kooning Academie.
After successfully concluding the first competition of the MONEY cycle, the Zagreb Society of Architects sets the stage for the second competition within the international series of concept-based architectural competitions entitled Think Space.
Please join us for Archis RSVP Event #15: Invisible (But Very Tangible) Borders. UABB/Shenzhen, meeting place Minle Subway Station Long Hua Line, exit A at 14.00 hours.
Cities are filled with numerous – at first sight invisible – borders. Between rich and poor, between ethnic groups, between high and low, between dense and sprawl, in short between center and periphery. But who and what define these borders? Are they problematic? Do they tell underlying stories? Explore some borders of Shekou and Shenzhen with us and each other.
People in Europe are more and more interested in shaping their own surroundings. Self Building Building (SBB) transforms the current top- down building practice into a more flexible system with a bottom-up and adaptive approach. How to create your own affordable building as an individual or a group without it being an illegal or unsafe structure. How to negotiate with your neighbors and collaborate with the local government. An international exchange on personal ways to create space.
Tomorrow at 3:15 PM, the Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture will be officially opened. The Grand Opening will take place at the Value Factory, main venue of the Biennale, located at the heart of the Shekou Industry Park in Shenzhen. We’re proud to announce that Volume has curated a room at the venue in collaboration with the Berlage Institute.
Volume is proud to be a partner of the Moscow Urban Forum, that will take place from 5 until 7 December, 2013. Key theme of this year’s Forum is ‘Megacities: Success Beyond the Centre’.
The New Generations Festival, which will be held in Milan on 28, 29 and 30 November 2013 with the patronage of the Chamber of Architects of Milan, the Municipality of Milan, the Politecnico of Milan, the Embassy and General Consolate of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Spain in Italy, will be the peak of […]
We cannot beat Banham, but we can update you on what happened since 1972, when Rayner Banham published his seminal The Architecture of the Well Tempered Environment. C-Lab did extensive new research on the relation between installations, buildings and architecture…
Within the framework of A Mies for All, a seminar at Het Nieuwe Instituut on 11 November will explore the new business models for architects that come from radical changes in production techniques and the role of design in our society.
The November storms in Amsterdam were no fun, but at least they produced enough wood to print our next issue. In two weeks Volume 37 will be released, dedicated to mechanical systems, but today we can already give you a sneak preview.
Volume’s 36th issue, Ways To Be Critical, discusses the role of critical thinking in a world dominated by tweets and likes. Dutch artist Dadara wants to question the meaning of the ‘Like’ with his latest installation, a giant Facebook thumb that was burned during this year’s Burning Man festival in the desert of Nevada.
From 12 to 14 June, 2014 Criticall will be hosting the 1st International Conference on Architectural Design & Criticism at the Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid.
On Thursday October 17, The New Institute sets the stage for the Critics Night, an event organized by ArchiNed and Designplatform Rotterdam that wants to discuss the opportunities for new forms of criticism in the digital era.
After two successful cycles, the Zagreb Society of Architects set the stage for the third edition of international series of concept-based architectural competitions entitled Think Space. Featuring a number of established architects and curators, the program continues to re-think space in the 2013/2014 season. The new theme of Think Space, MONEY [The Echo of Nothing], was devised by architects, publishers and bloggers Ethel Baraona Pohl and César Reyes Nájera of dpr-barcelona.
While books, journals, and lectures form the core of most architectural historians’ repertoire today, Test Sites: Experiments in the History of Space gathers leading scholars and critics to investigate what lies outside these dominant modes of architectural and urban history.
This Friday, managing editor Brendan Cormier and editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman will be visiting Winy Maas, co-founder of MVRDV, on the role of rules in urban design. Are there any questions you’d like asked? Please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!
It’s raining triennales this fall! Last week the 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale was officially opened, and this weekend the design world looks at Oslo where the Nordic region’s biggest architecture festival will kick off. Volume’s editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman will be one of the professionals who will guide visitors along selected items in the exhibition.
Last week the third Lisbon Architecture Triennale was opened. Curated by Beatrice Galilee , the Triennale’s central theme this year is ‘Close, Closer’, an investigation into the expanding field of contemporary architectural practice.
Remember our 35th issue, Everything Under Control? For a forthcoming exhibition at The New Institute in Rotterdam, curator William Myers has selected dozens of projects that illustrate new ways to harness living systems for art, design and production. Biodesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity will run from 27 September through 5 January.
The quest to integrate natural processes with design is as old as wood houses. However, the changing climate and rapid depletion of resources heighten its urgency, as humans face the necessity of reshaping their relationship to nature. Clever, usable new ideas present the prospect of a sustainable future and may provide ways to ease the long-running conflict between economic growth and environmental protection. Biodesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity will glimpse into our possible future and provide inspiration for designers, artists and scientists in the form of varied, in-depth information on new materials and potential biological applications in architecture and design.
Between modern architecture and history exists and ultimately complicated relationship that goes far beyond the superficial contradictions of past and future, tradition and modernity. On Thursday September 5, Dirk van den Heuvel will further elaborate on this in a lecture at the New Institute (former Netherlands Architecture Institute) in Rotterdam. The event is part of the Institute’s summer program The Ruin.
Last month we launched Volume’s 36th issue, ‘Ways To Be Critical’. We published a selection of articles from the issue here on the blog so you can get a little glimpse of what’s inside.
We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic people to strengthen our research and production team!
‘Post-starchitecture’ is one of the terms used to describe the main theme of the recently released book Reactivate! Innovators of Dutch Architecture. Written by A10 editor-in-chief Indira van ‘t Klooster and published by Trancity/Valiz, it portrays a new generation of architects, designers and planners in the Netherlands who have left behind the urban master plans and iconic concepts, and taken a more small-scale, DIY and community-focused perspective on city-making.
Last week we released Volume’s 36th issue, ‘Ways To Be Critical’, and we’re proud of it! Be sure to get your hands on a copy — order the issue online (hit ‘Order back issue’), or click here to find a list of bookstores around the globe that sell Volume. For all those people who can’t wait to check it out, we’ve compiled a preview of Volume #36.
The critic is dead. Long live the network! So it goes in our world of diffuse and shared knowledge. But if criticism has evolved into criticisms, how can we interpret and learn from the babble of opinions? This dilemma comes in tandem with another: the crisis of publishing. With declining print sales and slashed subsidies, many critics are out of work. Two fundamental tasks lie ahead: reviving the productive value of criticism, and finding new profitable ways to broadcast it to the world.
On Thursday July 11, the Vitra Design Museum organizes a public event where Archizines curator Elias Redstone and Archis director and Volume publisher Lilet Breddels will discuss the new culture of young and experimental architectural magazines.
Newcastle-based graphic artist and photographer Andy Welsh has made a series of digitally manipulated photos that give new meaning to world-famous pieces of architecture.
On Wednesday 3 July, The New Institute in Rotterdam will host a lecture by acclaimed architectural historian and theorist Beatriz Colomina (Princeton University) on the background to Playboy Architecture, 1953-1979, that was also discussed in Volume’s 33th issue on interiors.
For a feature in our upcoming issue on criticism, we’re soliciting readers to send us a pair of images, of a building they like and a building they don’t like, with either a thumbs up or a middle finger. Here are some of the early submissions. Check out the other photos on Facebook.
What’s your favorite building? And which building do you hate? For our upcoming issue we’re re-evaluating the role of criticism in architecture. We want you to show us which building you like and which building you dislike! Send us your photos and get published in Volume #36!
During the season finale of Failed Architecture at De Verdieping in Amsterdam on Thursday 13 June a wide range of perspectives on the possible successes of failure, the resilience of architecture and the architect’s responsibility in a ravaged world will be discussed. Moreover, the role of architecture magazines will be explored. How does presenting and scrutinizing architecture influence how we think about cities?
On Saturday 8 June at 5 PM the threefold exhibition ‘Radical Locality; Actual Potential’ will open at Bureau Europa in Maastricht’s Timmerfabriek. With ‘Radical Locality’ Bureau Europa conducts from 8 June through 5 August research into the meaning of the local and the role of architecture in our globalizing world.
If architecture was more inclusive would it also be in a stronger position? Parlour and the University of Melbourne organize ‘Transform: Altering the Future of Architecture’, a day-long event that brings together architectural researchers, practitioners (understood in the widest sense) and workplace experts to discuss strategies for change.
The sixth edition of the International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam will open in the Kunsthal Rotterdam in May 2014. Dutch landscape architect Dirk Sijmons is the curator and the theme is Urban by Nature.
The IABR organization has announced a Call for Projects, and invites architects, landscape architects, urban planners, cities, universities and organizations to submit best practices. The Call for Projects, the Application Form, and the Introduction to IABR–2014–URBAN BY NATURE– can be downloaded at iabr.nl.
We have seen the future, and it’s biosynthetic. More precisely it’s a future where biological systems are twisted, spliced, and altered, to such an extent that any distinction between synthetic and organic is lost. Gone are the days of blunt engineering as a means of total control – concrete dams and electro-shock therapy. Today science is moving us deeper into the nano-world of microchips and molecules, where new more refined forms of control are possible, where organic processes can be mimicked, modified, and augmented. In this new biosynthetic world, luminescent trees will light our sidewalks, massive oyster beds will defend us from the floods, and hacked Lyre birds will broadcast the radio. But with new powers comes new responsibilities. We’ve seen a thousand TED talks promising us these new wonders, but we’ve rarely discussed the human element. What does it all require of us? What are the new produced? The skill sets, knowledge, and codes of ethics required to maneuver in this brave new biosynthetic world?
The Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 invites architects and professionals in related fields to take part in the TAB 2013 Vision Competition and envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district in Tallinn, Estonia – Väike-Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill).
On Thursday 21 March 2013, the teams that have worked under the wings of the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture, Design & E-Culture will present the results of their research at the Netherlands Architecture Institute. The Studio is an experimental project that explores ways in which designers can play a meaningful role in resolving urgent social and design challenges.
The central question that will be addressed is: What is natural? And who or what defines that, actually? Are we humans the only ones who decide this, or do plans, animals, bacteria, things and natural forces also ‘get a say’?
Chinese artist Yang Yongliang recently released a new project that will be on view at Galerie Paris-Beijing from from March 14th to April 27th. The impressive collages aim to represent the potentially devastating effects of uncontrolled urbanization and industrialization.
Artist Lena Steinkhüler’s bachelor graduation project at the University of Applied Sciences in Dortmund explores abstract plants and creatures which change their forms because of insufficient living space, and adapt themselves to the surroundings of the metropolis New York City.
‘ENERGY. Oil and Post-Oil Architecture and Grids’ is an exhibition that will be on display at MAXXI Architecture in Rome between March 22 and September 29, 2013. Curated by Pippo Ciorra, the exhibition features more than 80 drawings and projects, 3 photographers and 7 international architects that focus on the relationship between architecture and energy.
The Budapest Architecture Film Days celebrates its 5th birthday between February 28 and March 3, 2013. The mission of the Film Days, initiated by KÉK – Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre in 2007, is to use the medium of film to highlight the most subtle processes in architecture, design and urban development.
Two weeks ago, the ARCHIZINES exhibition opened doors at the RMIT Design Hub in Melbourne. ARCHIZINES is one of two inaugural exhibitions on design publishing at the new RMIT Design Hub, designed by Sean Godsell Architects. Both exhibitions will be accompanied by a program of talks, discussions, events and social gatherings. Go check it out!