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Thursday, 24 April 2014

New architecture magazine launched: EDGEcondition

EDGEcondition, a new architecture magazine available online, focuses on those "positioned on the fringe of the formal architecture sector".

EDGEcondition is a new online journal, focused on the "vocation and activity of those positioned on the fringe of the formal architecture sector, publishing thought pieces from those with or without architectural training and who work in the wider built environment sector in a variety of creative, educational and constructive roles."

From the editors:
EDGEcondition aims to stimulate debate and conversation to open up new, shared understandings of the multitude forms of practice we see now that come under an architecture and built environment banner.

The first issue, Seams, focuses on those that work between architecture and other sectors, opening with artwork from architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan Perry Kulper. Features are from Laura Mazzeo, MUDstudios, talking nonlinear careers; Jenni Barrett, lecturer at UCLan and designer and landscape architect Claire Potter, both giving their perspectives on working in a fluid architectural way; Ronan O’Boyle on the need to rethink skills for graduates; Peter Laurence on urban design and academia and a photo-essay from civil engineer Bruno Tonelli, visually exploring the links between his practice and architecture.

Gem Barton comments: “We had the idea for EDGEcondition when talking about the Architecture Journal Women in Architecture awards. We both consider ourselves to be ‘women in architecture’ but the categories on a surface reading excluded us, and the survey that ran alongside the awards was geared to those in practice.”

Cara Courage continues: “WiA is vital of course, but our question posing made us think of all those work in architecture and the wider sectors around it, those like us that have a portfolio of experience that play with the role and function of architecture - what would the sector look like without us?”

Issue One is available at http://www.edgecondition.net/issues.html. Issue two, Presenting Architecture, will be published online at the end of June, with subsequent issues focusing on teaching, art and architecture, placemaking, planning and policy.

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EDGEcondition Co-Editor Cara Courage recently appeared on the PLACE podcast: listen to the episode here.

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