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Volume 49 – Hello World!

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Volume Magazine takes architecture right across culture. Starting in 2005, Volume is a partnership with Columbia University’s C-Lab in New York and the research bureau of Rem Koolhaas’s OMA-AMO in Rotterdam. Together with the magazine readers they form a global network of talents to shape ideas and creativity.



Volume 49 – Hello World!: the Anthropocene tells us that our technologies are changing the planet; but what are they doing to us?

Machines have long been integral to architectural discourse. Vitruvius concluded his ten books with a meditation on war machines, and Le Corbusier published on his industrial muses just over 100 years ago. Yet something is different today. We have always learned from machines – our societies are fundamentally shaped by their processes – but now, machines learn. We live in paradoxical times. Machinic processes, computational algorithms and artificial intelligence have never been so proximate, direct, and intimate to daily life, yet we are many steps removed from their practical operations. This issue of Volume, the third in our Learning series, seeks to take one small step in the direction towards understanding the contemporary relevance of machines for architecture, and one giant leap for mankind.

With contributions by:
M. Christine Boyer, Doug Spencer, Benjamin H. Bratton, Kazys Varnelis, Orit Halpern, Nader Vossoughian, W J McKee, Shannon Mattern, Victor M. Sanz, Francesco Sebregondi, Kas Oosterhuis, Philippe Morel, Troy Conrad Therrien, Pierre Cutellic, Nicholas Korody, Sara Dean and Etienne Turpin, Ed Keller and Carla Leitao, Valle Medina and Benjamin Reynolds, Tim Maughan and Liam Young.

Volume 49 – Hello World! includes In Loving Support, a 32-page insert produced with Het Nieuwe Instituut on living and working with algorithms.

Volume 49 – Hello World!: editor-in-chief Arjen Oosterman, designed by Irma Boom and Julia Neller – 128 pages Soft-cover binding.

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