May 2021
For an issue that was supposed to be about the past, this issue of VOLUME is awfully much about the current moment and our immediate future.

We talk to All-Star philosopher Peter Sloterdijk about a future for religious architecture. With Kuba Snopek and Izabela Cichonska, we discuss effective strategies for architectural activism from communist Poland. The future of history writing is addressed with architecture historian and nestor Kenneth Frampton.

With Metahaven’s Daniel van der Velden we look at the agency of cover designs as input for the next iteration of VOLUME. Wytze Patijn reflects on the ‘cauliflower’ neighbourhoods in Holland, which due their omnipresence across the country inevitably steer the outlook of Dutch planning.

In conversation with Hans van Dijk, the future of criticism is considered, by looking somewhat disheartened into a mirror. An artisanal future of the media landscape is the concern of writer Niklas Maak and internet critic and Syllabus founder Evgeny Morozov.

Zhang Weiping re-reads Archis’ initial analysis of Shenzhen in 2000 and talks about how the city shaped its own future, regardless.

The position of the architect has been and will be a driving theme for VOLUME, and has to be brought into a new alignment towards addressing climate change, argues Arjen Oosterman. Ads by more than 40 of our design-related friends around the globe; present practices that you will be definitely reading more about in your future.

And last but not least: an open-hearted impressionistic crème-de-la-crème introspective selection of 92 years’ worth of broadcasting architecture: from spectacular mishaps and enraging wrong-doing, to moments of genuine genius and utmost delight.


Hans van Dijk, Kenneth Frampton, Peter Sloterdijk, Kuba Snopek, Elizabela Cichońska, Daniel van der Velden, Wytze Patijn, Zang Weiping, Niklas Maak.


VOLUME 58: Legacy
Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom, Jan van der Kleijn)
72 pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover

Supplement: Design in Unreal Times.
A direct reaction to the Covid pandemic from the Faculty of Architecture at KU Leuven
48 pages
Design: Valentijn Goethals

ISSN 1574-9401
ISBN 9789077966686


Arjen Oosterman
Editorial: Quiet, memory, quiet!
Stephan Petermann
Editorial: Past and Present
Moments 1929-2004
Hans van Dijk Interview
Reports from the front
Kenneth Frampton Interview
Canning Holland: (Re)writing history
Peter Sloterdijk interview
Getting heaven to speak
Kuba Snopek, Elizabela Cichońska
On the seventh day
Daniel van der Velden interview
Cover stories
Wytze Patijn
Zang Weiping
Shenzhen: A Paradoxical City of Desifre
Niklas Maak
Silicon Valley without the bullshit