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The Making of Your Magazines

onlab designed the exhibition ‘The Making of Your Magazines’ like an editorial office that is open to the public. The concept offers two approaches to 40 years of history and discourse in the magazine arch+:

One access to the thematic development of the magazine is presented on a long timeline/infographic on the wall which chronologically maps the evolution according to 12 selected topics.

The second approach engages the visitors to compile their own selection of articles from the past 40 years and to create their own issue of archplus while the editorial board is working on the next issue in the same space.


An explosion of little architectural magazines in the 1960s and 1970s instigated a radical transformation in architectural culture with the architecture of the magazines acting as the site of innovation and debate. The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines 196x-197x takes stock of seventy little magazines from this period. Coined in the early twentieth century to designate progressive literary journals, the term “little magazine” was remobilized during the 1960s to grapple with the contemporary proliferation of independent architectural periodicals. The terms “little” and “magazine” are not taken at face value. In addition to short-lived radical magazines, Clip/Stamp/Fold includes pamphlets and building instruction manuals along with professional magazines that experienced “moments of littleness,” influenced by the graphics and intellectual concerns of their self-published contemporaries.Naamloos-2 Documenta_4Documenta_13 Documenta_17

The whole design is based on the DIN A4 format and reproduced via a low-tech b/w copy machine on 6 different color paper.Documenta_15Documenta_3 Documenta_9 Documenta_7 Documenta_14Documenta_8

Copy up to 10 articles of your choice

As for the production of their magazines, visitors would find folders with all selected articles right by the copy machine. While the editors were working on the latest issue, copies were to be stapled between two cardboard sheets, one being the cover with the archplus logo and the other one being the backcover. Visitors could fold the exhibition poster into a cover for their magazine and place the copied articles inside.Documenta_2Documenta_5 Documenta_12 Documenta_11 Documenta_10 Documenta_18 Documenta_16 Documenta_6

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