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LOBBY is a biannual architecture magazine located between a seminar session and a speakeasy. A space that celebrates unique international encounters between strangers and friends, LOBBY both starts conversations and gives something to talk about. 

Our upcoming sixth issue, themed '1961', is in the final stages of production and set to launch at the end of September. For this issue, we're creating a thicker book with more colour and pizzazz than ever, and we've included more images and more articles by young up-and-comers as well as seasoned academics, creatives and architectural practitioners. With your support, this campaign will help fund the production costs of LOBBY No.6.

 

WHAT'S LOBBY NO.6?

Instead of creating a compilation of facts about 1961, we're using the issue as a mirror that critically looks back on the past, while we simultaneously look forward and to ourselves for answers. The '1961' issue is an architectural, situated way of addressing the social, political and environmental urgencies 2016 and 2017 brought about. And it'll be our way of spreading optimism to our readers, backers and members amid so much political and cultural uncertainty.

WHY THAT PARTICULAR YEAR, 1961?

At the beginning of his presidency, JFK foresaw a future of great possibilities and unprecedented challenges: the 60s were to be a decade ‘of hope and fear’, as well as ‘of knowledge and ignorance’. Kennedy began his US Presidency in January 1961, just a few months before Yuri Gagarin became the first man to go into space. At the time, mankind seemed to stand as one, stretching its domestic boundaries beyond this planet, raising concerns about the state of our homeland, while consequentially promoting modern questions and impending concerns on ecology, evidenced by the birth of the World Wildlife Fund that same year.

Simultaneously however, destruction and segregation seemed to reach an all-time high. In August 1961, an 87 mile-long structure, made of barb wire and concrete blocks, appeared in Central Europe. The Berlin Wall, one the most politically, symbolically and socially charged pieces of architecture ever built, emerged, almost out of thin air, challenging those very notions of cosmic equality and planetary unity. Throughout the globe, critical awareness towards the built environment was raised in 1961 by some immortal bestsellers: Jane Jacobs’s ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’, Gordon Cullen’s ‘The Concise Townscape’, Lewis Mumford’s ‘The City in History’, Archigram’s first pamphlet ‘Archigram I. While these classics were to become progressive cornerstones of a literary lineage on urban critique, on 30 October, off the northern coast of Russia, a 40 mile-high mushroom cloud raised from the sea. It was the Tsar Bomba, the largest nuclear test and the biggest human-made explosion ever detonated. Mankind’s destructive impulses seemed to have peaked alongside their constructive curiosities on that eventful, confusing and contradictory 1961.

When we take a closer look at the year, the exceptional dichotomies foreseen by JFK seem to be more than just rhetoric: not only knowledge and ignorance, but also construction and destruction; the self and the other; unity and division. Interestingly, the reversed symmetry of the 19 and 61 appear to be reflecting these same antinomies in aesthetic form. 

LOBBY No. 6 ‘1961’ wants to use these 365 days as a trigger—a switch that we, 56 years later, can still turn to call into question the state of our realities. We approach our ‘1961’ issue as a window to look ahead, an opportunity to move forward in time, as well as a mirror to look back on. In this sixth issue, we explore the forgotten, understated and latent peculiarities of that year, as well as the historic turning points that moulded our understanding of the environment, of urbanism, space and humanity—and the inextricable link between them all.

 

Interview with Denise Scott Brown - LOBBY No.4 'Abundance'
Interview with Denise Scott Brown - LOBBY No.4 'Abundance'

HOW DID YOU FUND THE PREVIOUS FIVE ISSUES OF LOBBY?

There are three primary ways we have funded LOBBY:

1) Magazine sales. LOBBY is sold internationally via Amazon.co.uk, and can be found on shelves in over 30 bookshops across the UK, Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

2) Organising and hosting events. Apart from our hugely successful launch parties for each of our five issue, we've also put together a series of architectural events. These events have brought together a diverse group of creatives, designers and intellectuals under the same roof. Our 'Sandcastles' event and competition took place in San Juan, Puerto Rico; 'Amphibious Habitats' competition, exhibition and conference took place in Malaga, Spain; 'Housewarming' celebrated our return to the newly refurbished School building and launched our partnership with the Architecture Film Festival London; and 'Trailer'—our immersive film experience and scavenger hunt— and our UK Premiere of 'Concrete Love' took place in two venues across London as part of our collaboration with the ArchFilmFest London.

3) Institutional sponsorships. Apart from the Bartlett School of Architecture's stipend, we have also previously been sponsored by particular architecture firms and creative practices.

LOBBY 'Sandcastles' Competition. San Juan, Puerto Rico
LOBBY 'Sandcastles' Competition. San Juan, Puerto Rico

 

LOBBY 'Amphibious Habitats' Competition, Exhibition and Conference. Malaga, Spain.
LOBBY 'Amphibious Habitats' Competition, Exhibition and Conference. Malaga, Spain.

 

LOBBY 'Housewarming' Party and Launch of Architecture Film Festival London. London, UK.
LOBBY 'Housewarming' Party and Launch of Architecture Film Festival London. London, UK.

WHY KICKSTART NOW?

Magazine subscriptions and memberships are key to their longevity, and it's one of the things this campaign will help us accomplish. It'll also give us a real, tangible sense of who our supporters are, which will ultimately guide us to improve the magazines (both digital and in print) and create a new set of bespoke events in cities around the world.

Also, over the last three years LOBBY has grown from being a school-based magazine to an ambitious, international print publication with an active website and event series, it's become necessary for us to increase our budget in order to reach our diverse, international audience, and to be able to continue creating a beautiful publication of the highest standard in graphics and production quality. We strive so that every issue of LOBBY reads, looks and feels better than the last; issue No.6 is our most ambitious, thoughtfully curated and carefully designed issue yet.

LOBBY No.3 - 'Defiance'
LOBBY No.3 - 'Defiance'

 

LOBBY No.4 - 'Abundance'
LOBBY No.4 - 'Abundance'

CAN I SEE THE REWARDS?

Covers of LOBBY's new issues are always revealed on Launch Week, which will be on the last week of September 2017. Each cover's artwork is commissioned to a professional illustrator, as an ode to architecture's relationship to drawing and in reference to the illustrated covers of architecture magazines in the 60s and 70s. 

The Photographer, One

"Detail Serpentine Pavilion 2015"
"Detail Serpentine Pavilion 2015"

Print Title: "Detail Serpentine Pavilion 2015" 

Photographer: Studio NAARO 

 Architect: SelgasCano 

Size: 297mm x 210 mm - including white border 

Print Type: Giclée Fine Art Paper: Hahnemühle Pearl

The prints are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the photographer.

The Photographer, Two

"Staircase at Investcorp Building, St Anthony's College Oxford"
"Staircase at Investcorp Building, St Anthony's College Oxford"
 

Print Title: "Staircase at Investcorp Building, St Anthony's College Oxford" 

Photographer: Studio NAARO 

 Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects 

 Size: 210mm x 297 mm - including white border 

 Print Type: C-type 

 Paper: Fuji Crystal Archive Paper with a semi-matt finish

The prints are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the photographer.

The Photographer, Three

"Staircase at NW8 Penthouse"
"Staircase at NW8 Penthouse"

 Print Title: "Staircase at NW8 Penthouse" 

Photographer: Studio NAARO 

Architect: Paolo Cossu & Bertolini Architects 

Size: 210mm x 297 mm - including white border 

 Print Type: C-type 

 Paper: Fuji Crystal Archive Paper with a semi-matt finish

The prints are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the photographer.

The Latecomer 

LOBBY No.1 'Un/Spectacle' - Autumn 2014 [Not available anywhere else]

LOBBY No.2 'Clairvoyance' - Spring 2015

LOBBY No.3 'Defiance' - Autumn 2015

LOBBY No.4 'Abundance' - Spring 2016

LOBBY No.5 'Faith' - Autumn 2016 [Not available anywhere else]

The Architect, One

Mercedes-Benz Museum model courtesy of UNStudio
Mercedes-Benz Museum model courtesy of UNStudio

Limited edition, 3D printed model of the Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart, Germany, 2006. Designed, crafted and donated by UNStudio. The model includes a postcard signed by Ben van Berkel and Caroline Bos.

Architect: UNStudio

Size: 105mm x 110mm x 63mm

Craft: 3D Print

Material: Plastic

The Architect, Two

National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts model courtesy of Mecanoo
National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts model courtesy of Mecanoo

Limited edition, 3D printed model of the National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts (Wei-Wu-Ying Centre for the Arts, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2009. Designed, crafted and donated by Mecanoo. The model includes a postcard signed by Francine Houben.

Architect: Mecanoo

Size: 140mm x 195mm x 35mm

Craft: 3D Print

Material: Plastic

The Collector, One

Sacramento Aura sketch reprint courtesy of Daniel Libeskind
Sacramento Aura sketch reprint courtesy of Daniel Libeskind

 Limited edition, high-quality reprint drawing of his 'Aura' mixed-use building in Sacramento, California. Designed, drawn and donated by Daniel Libeskind. Each print includes his signature.

Architect: Daniel Libeskind

Size: 280 mm x 274mm

Colour: Black lines over white background

The Collector, Two

Chaise Morelato model courtesy of Mario Botta
Chaise Morelato model courtesy of Mario Botta

 

Limited edition, handcrafted model of 'Chaise Morelato' for the Museum of Applied Art Collection, 2013. Designed, crafted and donated by Mario Botta. The model includes Mr. Botta's signature at the bottom. 

Architect: Mario Botta

Size: 134mm x 200mm x 162mm

Craft: Hand

Material: Chipboard

The Collector, Three

Fiore di Pietra model courtesy of Mario Botta
Fiore di Pietra model courtesy of Mario Botta

Limited edition, handcrafted model of 'Fiore di Pietra' tourist facility, Capolago, Switzerland. Designed, crafted and donated by Mario Botta. The model includes Mr. Botta's signature at the bottom.

Architect: Mario Botta

Size: 130mm x 155mm x 100 cm

Craft: Hand

Material: Chipboard

Risks and challenges

This is our sixth issue of LOBBY. The first five issues have given us a really good idea and set a pace for ensuring that each issue LOBBY comes out on time, efficiently and of the best quality possible.

By pledging money to this Kickstarter, you become a LOBBY Member; you are also helping fund the sixth issue of LOBBY, and in the case of the higher pledges, you help fund issue 7 as well. Our hope is that you'll believe in the project as much as we do, and will continue subscribing to LOBBY's future editions to come.

LOBBY No.6 '1961' is in the advanced stages of production. All articles are undergoing their third round of edits, images have been commissioned and the illustration is being drawn. Funding is the last step. By knowing how many backers we have, and who you guys all are, we'll have a better idea of how many issues to continue printing (we usually print 700) and how to continue creating content to fit your profile.

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Thank you for our support.

-The Editors

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    Architect: UNStudio

    Size: 105mm x 110mm x 63mm

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    Material: Plastic

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    Size: 280 mm x 274mm

    Colour: Black lines over white background

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    Architect: Mario Botta

    Size: 134mm x 200mm x 162mm

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