A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production
Mimi Zeiger
Studio-X New York, 2009

In the 1990s, zines such as Lackluster, Infiltration, loud paper, Dodge City Journal and Monorail subverted traditional trade and academic architecture magazine trends by crossing the built environment with art, music, politics and pop culture — and by deliberately retaining and cultivating an underground presence. Much has been made of that decade’s zine phenomenon — inspiring academic studies, international conferences and DIY workshops — yet little attention has been paid to architecture zine culture specifically, or its resonance within architectural publishing today.

A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production does both. Rather than attempting to present an exhaustive retrospective of architecture zine culture, it highlights complete runs of several noted zines that began in the nineties. The exhibition also features contemporary publications that continue to draw inspiration from the self-publishing tradition, such as PIN–UP, Sumoscraper, and Thumb.

Coverage of A Few Zines:

Abitare

Interview

The Architects' Journal