Archis is an experimental think tank devoted to the process of real-time spatial and cultural reflexivity and action. Archis has a long running experience in publishing the various incarnations of Volume magazine. In which various editorial concepts and publishing formats of have been realized over the years.
For 75 years, Archis magazine and its predecessors have been investigating the realities of architecture. At first voicing a specific world view and engagement (Catholic traditionalism); later mounting the barricades of equal opportunities for all citizens (and its design consequences); eventually researching the themes and issues that could and should be addressed by architects and architecture, the forces that shape our world and habitat with or without the conscience intervention of professional designers and planners. In doing so the magazine has gradually changed its rationale: not just presenting what happened in the built environment, not just presenting how things were made, not just creating exposure to the people who did it. Rather than asking what, how and by whom, Archis has always asked the ultimate question to the raison d’être of architecture as a medium of culture: Why?
Kai Vöckler (Archis Interventions Berlin)
Archis Foundation’s Supervisory Board – Adri Duivesteijn (chair), Leon Heddes (treasurer), Simon Franke, Piet Vollaard