22 October 2007

Footprint: a new academic journal published by the Delft School of Design

Footprint is a new academic journal published by the Delft School of Design presenting research regarding architecture and the urban. Architecture and urbanism are the points of departure and the core interests of the journal. From this perspective, the journal encourages the study of architecture and the urban environment as a means of comprehending culture and society, and as a tool for relating them to shifting ideological doctrines and philosophical ideas. The journal promotes the creation and development – or revision - of conceptual frameworks and methods of inquiry. It is engaged in creating a body of critical and reflexive texts with a breadth and depth of thought which would enrich the architecture discipline and produce new knowledge, conceptual methodologies and original understandings.

The inaugural issue of Footprint aims at understanding today’s architecture culture as a negotiation between two antithetical definitions of architecture’s identity. The belief in the disciplinary singularity of architectural objects, irreducible to the conditions of their production, is confronted - in discourse and design - with the perception of architecture as an interdisciplinary mediation between multiple political, economic, social, technological and cultural factors. With the concept of trans-disciplinarity, the negotiation between these two positions is investigated here as an engine of the ‘tradition of the present’ of contemporary architecture - the discourses and designs which emerged in the 1960s and defined orientation points for today’s architectural thought and practice. The issue includes articles by Wouter Davidts, K. Michael Hays, Patrick Healy, Mark Jarzombek, Ákos Moravánszky and Jean-Louis Violeau.

Footprint offers online free PDF downloads [pending –free- registration] or the purchase of hard-copies. It is also a submission-based journal, so please check regularly our calls for papers. For downloading PDFs, for purchasing hard-copies and for calls for papers, please see our website www.footprintjournal.org