Project is edited by four young architects living and working in New York and Los Angeles. It is also supported by an advisory board of practicing architects and educators.
Mark Foster Gage
What is an architectural project?
A project is an intellectual problem pursued across a series of individual works. It is therefore more than the fulfillment of whatever practical or circumstantial issues accompany a given work. A project is a critical investigation of, and contribution to, some aspect of the discipline of architecture itself—its aesthetics, histories, theories, or practices. The works and ideas that emerge from these projects are those that we remember as the immediate present fades, and that in turn inform future generations of architects as they develop projects of their own. A project therefore always speaks at once to history and to the present and future states of architecture.
Today, the idea of the project has been obscured by the continuous flow of information–at once visually over- and underwhelming–made possible by new technologies and means of communication. Although mainstream architecture blogs and publications enable architects to disseminate their work, they do little to critically engage with the specifically architectural problems that can be found in that work. Academic and theoretical journals, by contrast, do not capture the attention of a broader audience. Within this spectrum of architectural media, there is currently no specific forum for architects to engage a diverse audience in a substantial dialogue on projects in architecture.
Project is a journal for architecture.
Project investigates the possibilities of developing an intellectual project in architecture today. It is obsessed with both the past and the future. It does not assume the primacy of any one set of ideas; instead it proposes a dialogue between the most interesting voices in architecture, drawn from around the world. This new journal invites architects and critics to debate and examine projects in their own terms, through both images and texts. It goes beyond the vagueness of contemporary subjects such as sustainability and technology by contextualizing new projects within a history of architectural work and ideas.
Project is a concise, affordable, and finely crafted print publication, featuring new writing and visual presentations of new work. It is also an online forum for criticism and conversation. With diverse contributors and forms of content, it is unique among contemporary publications in the attention it gives to the potential of the project in architecture. This journal asks architects and critics to articulate—whether in writing, drawing, or building—their projects and the fundamental questions facing architecture today.