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Mediated architecture - a brief roundup of readers

[THIS WEEK] This trio of triple-filtered mediations sheds some light on architecture and editing, writes James Pallister

Well, what have we here? A book review, perhaps? A sketch of a lecture attended? Nothing so straightforward, I’m afraid. This week a trio of triple-filtered mediations, architecture as played out in words and pictures, and some books and a website which reconsiders and represents that process. If your gag reflex is a little less attuned than say, the average social sciences student’s, perhaps best to get out now.

20:20: Editorial Takes on Architectural Discourse is a book in which 20 editors from international architecture magazines write about their approaches to editing and ‘shaping architectural discourse’. Still with me?

It’s actually quite good, even if you aren’t familiar with the slightly outré selection of titles they pick, with some of the more well-known titles including Harvard Design Magazine, AA Files, Log, OASE and Mark. Prompted by a Bucky-style ‘20 questions’, each magazine’s editor has written a short essay explaining how their magazine is put together, and how they see their responsibilities to their readers and the greater discipline of architecture.

Beatriz Colomina’s travelling exhibition Clip/Stamp/Fold explored the ‘Little Magazines’, including AD, which helped shape architecture in the 1960s and 70s. Now the book is out. And what a whopper it is, with tipped-in pages, colour inserts and other print production gimmicks that’ll have the most sophisticated print lover’s pulse racing. It is available from Actar. You can flick through here

A new project from Elias Redstone in partnership with Folch Studio shows that such Little Magazines are not a spent force. Archizines.com showcases photographs and short descriptions of 50 plus zines from around the world.

Its nostalgia is more close-ranging than Colomina’s exhibition, featuring zines from the 2000s to the present day, including many hyper-local offerings, one with the simple but brilliant name, ‘Preston Bus Station’.

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