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.
At the upcoming 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, the United States pavilion will set the stage for OfficeUs, a project by New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture and PRAXIS. OfficeUs provides an intellectual sandbox to understand the past and future ways in which every architecture office, big and small, corporate and ‘avant-garde’, contributes to the global architectural unconscious of economic, social and political forms. Last week the project was announced with a big bang during a press conference in New York.
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.
Design magazine Frame dedicates its November issue to student work from design schools all over the world. As introduction to this dossier Frame organized a discussion between Design Academy Eindhoven Director Thomas Widdershoven, Leiden University Professor Design and Theory Timo de Rijk and Volume’s editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman. Frame also asked each for three private picks plus short comment.
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 email@example.com!
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.