The theme of the Volume 19 is architecture of hope. The issue contains articles by Shannon Mattern, Arjen Oosterman, Tommi Laitio, Mark Jarzombek, Regina Bittner, Evert Ypma, and many more.
According to the contents introduction,
‘Main Street is almost all right’, wrote Robert Venturi promoting the build environment of the ordinary’s messy vitality. The ambiguity of society, its causality and its improvisations meant the acknowledgement of a diversity of practices: top-down interventions + subcultures + minority expressions + subversive acts + … Its inspiration was translated into stylistic diversity, yet it didn’t produce a collective narrative based on its multicultural outlook. Redefining the common good, ethics, aesthetics and economics starts with writing stories of architecture that encapsulate the manifold experiences of the city. Thus it is an architectural task in which space design and the design of a new collective dream, much or scenario about who we are and what we desire to be are interrelated. Volume 19: Is identity the issue?
Volume is an independent quarterly journal for architecture. The publication is a collaborative project including ARCHIS (magazine for architecture, city and visual culture), AMO (the research and design studio operating in tandem with the Office for Metropolitan Architecture OMA) and C-Lab (the Columbia Laboratory for Architectural Broadcasting).
The copy in stock is in very good condition. There are basically no signs of wear, only some slight shelf wear on the covers.