The succession of Roberto Gargiani at EPFL in Lausanne [École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne] ignited a polemic about the role of history in architecture teaching. From the comfort of their personal environments noted theorists/historians Jean-Louis Cohen, Fabrizio Gallanti, Françoise Fromonot and Philip Ursprung talk about the prospects and relevance of history in architectural education. 

How to hand over the baton from one editor-in-chief to the next? Is there a script, a protocol, a convention? Your new man, Stephan Petermann and I decided to give it some time; to jointly walk the entire distance of one issue. Great idea, but what about the subject? It should combine the briefing and debriefing so we agreed on ‘the legacy’. To avoid simplistic boasting or navel-gazing we decided to dive into Volume’s pre-history, starting in 1929 and stopping where Volume started.