This fall, in a large meeting room located inside of the bowls of MVRDV’s orange monstrous staircase at TU Delft, you could hear a pin drop. The crowd of 20-something highly international postgrad architecture students collectively held their breath for an instant. In thinking about potential topics to review we were discussing contraposing in writing and devil’s advocacy when out of the blue one of the students seemed to suggest reviewing the positive sides of ISIS. It was one of many fruitful moments of doubt and tension in the preparation of this issue of VOLUME. (The other awkward moment briefly occurred a little earlier when I asked how many students still read magazines …only two…)

Cameron Tonkinwise has been one of the most outspoken voices at the crossroad between design theory and continental philosophy. Francesco Degl’Innocenti virtually sat down with him for an informal conversation on the paradoxical state of innovation and the political stance of design in ever-shifting spectrums.