Fulcrum: Tipping Point in Venice
Fulcrum: a student-run publication. We've been accepted to do the Venice Biennale's newspaper — help us radicalise architecture!
What is Fulcrum?
Fulcrum is a student-run, free, weekly publication about architecture — based at the Architectural Association in London. It is edited by two architecture students, Graham Baldwin and Jack Self.
Since founding the magazine two years ago we have worked hard to provide high-quality journalism on subjects the mainstream architectural press have avoided: the morality of building in countries with poor human rights records, how developers and planning laws ignore the real needs of communities, and how computational design is likely to influence the future of architecture.
We promote young writers, although we have also published articles by well-known architects such as Greg Lynn (on bespoke mass-production), Norman Foster (on a new airport in the Thames) and Charles Jencks (on "radical" post-modernism), amongst others (please see our site).
Above: issue on western architects involved in Chinese development in Africa.
What are we doing in Venice?
Every second summer Venice holds an architectural Biennale. It's where the most established and prestigious architects exhibit their work. Needless to say, participation is expensive and elitist.
Just to see what would happen, Fulcrum made an application to run a daily newspaper — we were honest about the types of subjects we cover, and why we felt this was such an important thing to bring to the Biennale.
By some luck we were accepted! No one has ever attempted a daily publication at the Biennale, and we have exclusive distribution within the Arsenale, Giardini and media centre. We will be publishing 5000 copies a day and we want to make an impact.
Above: three posters from the series created for kickstarters.
Why we need your help!
When we made our application we had a sponsor lined up. Unfortunately, they are no longer able to commit funds, so we've been left high and dry. Our publication has always operated as a mutually-supportive community, with a rolling editorial board of young architects and theorists from all around the world helping Graham and Jack.
Like Fulcrum, crowd-sourcing is a collective venture, which is why it seemed natural for us to turn to Kickstarter for assistance.
What will we do with the money?
We have some savings, but even so we still need $25,000 to buy paper and to transport everything (paper, printer, ink and spare parts) to Venice, to set up an office and print shop once there, and to distribute our newspaper. Oh, and to get back again.
If we raise more than this we are going to revert back to our original when-we-had-a-sponsor plan. We have been given permission to set up a temporary exhibition space smack in the middle of Venice! This is quite unusual and suggests that there may be a radical element within the administration. Anyway, if we can raise the money we have big plans. We're going to convert a shipping container and use it as a pop-up print studio, that can also be used to host daytime workshops, evening lectures and as an exhibition space for young and talented architectural practises normally considered too junior to be exhibited at the Biennale.
We have the go-ahead from the City of Venice; we have a design; we have a team of friends ready to start work on converting a shipping container; and, we have a list of young architects who have worked out how to get themselves and their work to Venice. What will the container look like? Please see below (just keep scrolling).
A huge thank you!
Just to recap. For $25,000 we can publish our controversial, independent newspaper in Venice and get our political message to some of the world's most influential architects, clients, planners and other important decision makers. If we raise more we can set up a pop-up print shop in the middle of the city. We only have until June 9th. A huge thank you for any help you can offer.
Above: Schematics for the container conversion.
Above: the Fulcrum pop-up office and exhibition space, open to all.
Above: Fulcrum HQ imagined by night, hosting evening lectures and events.
Without your pledges, we will not be able to get there, and we are running extremely short on time.
Please, help us take our message to Venice!
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