|Volume 6: The Architecture of Power, Part 2|
The previous issue of this magazine explored how 'Power is in the Details'. In this issue we are widening our perspective and focusing on buildings and building schemes. Meanwhile people keep asking us questions...
Frequently asked: Why has this magazine become unreadable, with either too much or too little text? Why does this magazine change so often? Why isn’t this magazine about true architecture anymore? Why is this magazine not updating me with vital architectural information? Why isn’t this magazine available in my local bookstore? Why is this magazine only in English?
Answer: Because this magazine deals with power, and power is changing architecture as we know it, as well as architecture’s media and distribution channels.
Rarely asked: Why do you always connect architecture to larger social and cultural issues? Why do you print subjective photography that goes beyond the objective registration of facts? Why are your texts always so suggestive and discursive? Why do you carry on with this if the professionals have started to hate you? Why do you believe in humor as a means to understand the world? Why do thinkers from Iran and Mexico subscribe to your magazine while you lose subscriptions in your home markets? Why are you progressively using the Internet to pursue your research?
Answer: Because we deal with power, and power can only be addressed and challenged by transgressing set scripts.
Very very rarely asked: You have been advocating the hope to go beyond architecture for a full year now to do almost nothing; to start broadcasting rather than building architecture; to socialize and share; to address power directly. But are we soon going to see some tangible results of this advocacy? Can architecture become a true cultural force capable of breaking through the status quo? Are architects responsible for the enslavement of their discipline? Should an architect be asked to play any other role in society than that of designer? Is this magazine an advocate of this belief? Will your magazine ever be viable if you change your subject matter all the time? Is this magazine sold at nondescript newsstands at train stations in the German hinterland? Can we get a group discount? Can I put this magazine in my final testament?
Neither Desperate Nor Decadent
Projects in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, UAE
The Statu(t)e of Liberty
Power to the Client
A Chat with the Future
The Power of Restraint – Hermitage
Chandigarh – After All These Years
Niemeyer For Sale
Architecture Gets Intense
Power in Color
Move That Building
Index / A Year On View