A Few Zines

Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production

In the 1990s, zines such as Lackluster, Infiltration, loud paper, Dodge City Journaland Monorail subverted traditional trade and academic architecture magazine trends by crossing the built environment with art, music, politics and pop culture—and by deliberately retaining and cultivating an underground presence. Much has been made of that decade’s zine phenomenon—inspiring academic studies, international conferences and DIY workshops—yet little attention has been paid to architecture zine culture specifically, or its resonance within architectural publishing today.

A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production does both. Rather than attempting to present an exhaustive retrospective of architecture zine culture, it highlights complete runs of several noted zines that began in the nineties. The exhibition also features contemporary publications that continue to draw inspiration from the self-publishing tradition, such as Pin-UpSumoscraper, and Thumb.

The opening night panel discussion was on March 6. Moderated by Mimi Zeiger of loudpaper, the panel discussion “Grafting: Publishing and Practice” included Braulio Agnese from Architect, Chris Grimley from over,under, Ryan McClain from ArchitectureMNP, Quilian Riano fromArchinect, and John Southern from Sumoscraper and Urban Operations Studio.

More information on the exhibition is available at the loudpaper website.