Candide is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to exploring the culture of knowledge specific to architecture. In this fifth issue of Candide, rather than one Essay, you will find six articles on the notion of architectural knowledge, and rather than one piece of Fiction, you will be pulled into seven episodes on the elusive quest for architectural greatness. Framed by these shorts, in Analysis, Ian Pepper challenges the reception of Richard Serra by looking at the American artist's intervention on a nineteenth-century railroad bridge, previously transformed by the Swiss engineer Robert Maillart. In Encounters, Kim Förster employs oral history to unearth stories from behind the scenes of New York's Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies (IAUS), focusing on its program of publications in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In Project, Luc Merx reflects on aspects of ruin and figuration in "Rokokorelevanz," a research and design project ongoing since 2005. With contributions by Mario Carpo, Kim Förster, Pedro Gadanho, Sophie Houdart, Luc Merx, Ian Pepper, and Katherine Romba, among others.
About the Author
Dipl.-Ing., architectural studies in Berlin and Paris, has chaired the Department of Architecture Theory at the Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University as a tenured professor since October 2007. From 2000-2007, he was editor-in-chief of L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui in Paris, responsible for more than fifty thematic issues dedicated to fundamental questions of architecture theory. Building on his work as a chercheur invité at the Centre Canadien d'Archiecture in Montréal, his current research is focused on changes in the notion of mimesis; the question of imitation in modern contexts; and on the beginning of the industrial mass production of building components in the early 1800s.
Dipl.-Ing. UdK Berlin; B.A. History, Columbia University, New York, has been assistant professor (Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin) at the Department of Architecture Theory at the Faculty of Architecture, RWTH Aachen University since October 2008. From 2004-07 she practiced as an architect in Boston, USA; 2001-03 she was editor of the architectural quarterly ARCH+ in Berlin. Schindler has authored and edited several books, most recently Growing Urban Habitats. Seeking a New Housing Development Model, with Morrish and Swenson, San Francisco 2009. Her current focus is the conception and start-up of Candide. Journal for Architectural Knowledge.