Vol. 7, Issue 2 (Summer 2019)
When Architecture & Culture, the Journal of the Architectural Humanities Research Association, was first launched in November 2013, the intention was to include book reviews. We have a designated editor for book reviews, and we have sporadically published essays that review books, when those essays concern the theme of a particular journal issue. What we have not done is to dedicate a regular section of the journal to book reviews, or to solicit new books from publishers (who send them, regardless).
Here, we broach the issue of book reviews by foregrounding the suggestion that to review is more than to formulate a critique of something, it is “to look at or to examine again … to look back upon” (Collins English Dictionary). Our interest is to re-view the book review, to study its different roles and explore its possibilities for architecture’s various modes of production, dissemination and reflection.
We seek inquiries into one or more of the following:
- the deliberate return to a book, whether a ‘key text’ or a book previously overlooked
- the re-view of a review, or the conversation between reviews
- the practice of reviewing and its significance for the reviewer, the reviewed, and for architectural practice
- the review of books not only by architects or explicitly about architecture, but from other disciplines – books that, through review, are brought into architecture’s orbit
- the review not only of a book’s text or its visual content of, but more broadly of what it is that a book can do and how within architecture’s different kinds of practice
Submissions may be essays, short of long, or they may respond to books in alternative ways – through poems, for instance, or conversations, blogs, or other reflective constructions. They may focus on buildings that consider books, where the building itself constitutes a book review. They may be predominantly verbal, or alternatively visual or aural. Our intention is to look back and to speculate upon the future of the role of the book in and through architecture, not to assume that “this will kill that”, as Victor Hugo suggested of book versus building, but to consider the way in which the review of books is caught up in architecture’s culture, and inspires, conspires and collaborates with architecture’s various productions and practices.
Editors: Stephen Walker and Diana Periton
Deadline for submissions: 30th June 2018
Papers should be submitted electronically via the journal’s website at http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rfac or its electronic submissions system at http://www.editorialmanager.com/archcult/