Books and Bots

Conversations on the Future of Architecture Publishing

Illustration Evgenia Barinova

We’re afraid that neither architects nor architecture publishers are trained to respond to the dynamics of active parts and differential change which are the inherent conditions of many contemporary practices and networked communication.” Ethel Baraona Pohl, dpr barcelona

Cropped screenshot of the monthly Archinect splash page for September 1999 designed by Test Pilot Collective
Novel understandings and formats. Image dpr-barcelona

After 10 minutes, the content has disappeared, and in fact what seems to endure are the paper copies. There is also the strong connotation with paper in terms of its authenticity and quality.” Ricardo Devesa, Actar Publishers

Extract from SCAPEGOAT issue 11, LIFE. Image provided by SCAPEGOAT

There remains this issue of branding, of the ego battling against the radical potential of transforming the text to create new understandings.” Ethel Barinona Pohl, dpr-barcelona

Extract from the Funambulist ‘politics of space and bodies’ print journal from September 2015
Covers of Oppositions journal, from upper left, from 1973 to 1984. Image source © Oppositions.

The possibility of an open repository came coupled with a critical view of academic publishing and copyright mechanisms that allegedly safeguard intellectual production.” Ethel Barinona Pohl, dpr-barcelona

A former distribution processes in the publishing industry. Newspaper stand © Getty Images

Many architectural specialties get stuck in the middle ground — if you are not a one-man-band then or a big distribution company you have to make it yourselves.” Paul Petrunia, Archinect

A few of the publications sold at Archinect Outpost © Archinect

The architecture publishing industry needs to both engage with research and reach out to other publishing houses, beyond the design world and beyond text-based formats. Otherwise we may find architecture publishing confined to coffee table books.” Ethel Baraona Pohl, dpr barcelona

The architecture publishing industry needs to both engage with research and reach out to other publishing houses, beyond the design world and beyond text-based formats. Otherwise, we may find architecture publishing confined to coffee table books.” Ethel Baraona Pohl, dpr barcelona

The New York Public Library Insta Novels © New York Public Library/Mother

Architecture publishers will need to respond swiftly to innovations, especially changes in physical distribution. Publishers need to be asking questions now such as how to create content which adapts to, or even foresees, changes to our devices, including digital wearables and VR.” Paul Petrunia, Archinect

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Hannah Wood

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