Arch (proper spelling: ARCH ) is a German magazine for architecture, urbanism and design. It is published quarterly, including a double issue in the ARCH Verlag GmbH, with a circulation 8000-10000 copies.


Foundation phase 1968-1972

Mid-1967 formed the students and assistants at the University of Stuttgart Ulrich Bate, Peter Dietze, Dieter Hezel, tungsten Koblin, Peter Lammert, Gernot Minke, Ayla Neusel and Stephan Waldraff from the vicinity of Max Bense the study booklets for architecture -related environmental research and planning; The first issue appeared in January 1968. Among the mentors were Dieter Hoffmann- ax handle, Julius Posener, Otl Aicher, Bruno Schindler, Joachim Krausse and Vilém Flusser.

ARCH saw himself as a discussion forum that serves the scientific nature of architecture. The statement that architecture itself is not a science, appeared in the first issue.

Although the magazine was founded during the student riots, the subjects were initially not primarily political. In the first phase technocratic issues such as planning theory, semiotics, mathematics and cybernetics, designing algorithms and set theory were decisive. Science was seen as a medium of subversion. The discussion about the curriculum reform was a concern of ARCH at that time. In addition to ARCH appeared every 14 days an instant sheet that was distributed as a regular flier at the university. The authors and editors worked without pay. ARCH is still not a work of journalists, but pursues academic claims. 1969, after the failure of the student unrest, the existence of ARCH was compromised. It appeared some Nothefte.

Of reorientation and politicization 1972-1976

From Stuttgart, only the editors (Christoph Feldtkeller, Wolfgang Ehrlinger, Heinrich Stoffl, Jörg mush ) were there. Besides Stuttgart emerged in Aachen ( West) Berlin more editorial sites. From Aachen Marc Fester, Nikolaus Kuhnert, Adalbert Evers and Sabine Kraft and from Berlin Helga Fassbinder, Klaus Brake and Renate Petzinger were added. The new employees took over the magazine. The Berlin and Aachen accounted for ARCH a combat magazine of the university milieu in which the architecture was soziologisiert mercilessly. The distribution of the newspaper changed from Karl Krämer Verlag to VSA (publishing for the study of the labor movement ). With Issue 28 for the first time appeared a motif on the front page. Dieter Masuhr, a Berlin artist, coined in the following years with his pen and ink drawings the appearance. The foundation of the ARCH Club for the Study of the relationship between the built environment and social development was due to power struggles and conflicts among groups of editors. The combat phase ended with the departure of Brake, Fassbinder and Petzinger in 1977. ARCH escaped in this way, the buying and infiltration by DKP.

Phase of aesthetics and postmodernism 1977-1986

There remained Evers, strength, power and Kuhnert in the newsroom. Newly arrived Werner Durth, Günther Uhlig and Friedemann Gschwind. Printing and distribution changed to alternative printing Klenkes in Aachen. Only in this phase was to ARCH special issues. In issue 57/58, an article by Leon Krier first appeared as a work report. ARCH evolved into a "critical Architekturfachzeitschift ".

Phase of the renovation 1986-1992

ARCH goodbye to postmodernism also by a majority of readers. This was accompanied by a return to modernity as a continuation of a philosophical project. To Issue 68 first appeared in the newspaper section, in issue 78, the DIY category: One could build again. 1987 Berlin became the second editing site. Wolfgang Wagener (1986-1990), Philipp Oswalt ( 1988-93 ), Angelika Schnell ( 1990-2001 ) and Andreas Bittis ( 1991-2001 ) was a departure from the conservatism values ​​respectively to the third power in the newsroom. Instead of individual fighters were now working groups without hierarchical structures. The generation gap between '68 and post- '68 is largely failed in the newsroom. With Rem Koolhaas, Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind, and Bernard Tschumi, the vision of a progressive and modern Europe came back. The magazine for architects, urban planners, social workers and local political groups became the magazine for architecture and urban planning in 1986. ARCH managed since 1990, the promotion of eco -tech. A highlight was the magazine 111, which in Germany was known Vilém Flusser, philosopher of the electronic age. After the reunification of ARCH has been revived by Otl Aicher. Rotis In the new ARCH layout was developed. After Aicher is the Rotis font was introduced, in which the logo was written later.

Phase America and back 1992-2003

The U.S. advanced intensified since the beginning of the 90s to the fore, not least because of the intellectual stagnation in Europe. The booklets, which brought in first release since 1993 American texts to Germany, illustrated concepts, such as event, complexity, or convolution with European projects. ARCH tried to establish itself as a bridge between the U.S. and Europe. However, introduced in 1994, bilingualism was unsuccessful, yet remained the distance to the German debate. Significantly, the magazine 122 From Berlin to Neo-Teutons, the most sharply worded criticism of the developments in Germany, the most successful in the history of the magazine. With issue 166 was renamed from ARCH in archplus ( which was reversed with output 186/187 ). The editors Susanne Schindler (2001-2003), Shirin Taraz - Breinholt (2001-2004) and Julia von Mende (2005-2007) built the editorial reference to the architectural developments in German-speaking countries ( Off- architecture, folders 166 and 167). The young talent has been perpetuated with the ARCH award for best diploma thesis. A third focus - study materials with " use-value " ( form-finding issue 159/160, material 172, housing 176/177, air 184) - was developed.

Since 2004

ARCH is located in a recent restructuring phase and the further professionalization. Since 2004, Anh - Linh Ngo reinforced the editors. Martin Luce 2006-2007 member of the Berlin editors. The appearance was reshaped with the art director Walter Schönau. The magazine is expanded by research projects, partnerships and web-based publications. The field of a classical journal was further broken up. An important beginning was the cooperation with the multi-year research project Shrinking Cities. The participation of ARCH on the magazine project of Documenta 12 in 2007 marked a step in the evolution of the magazine. By THE MAKING OF YOUR MAGAZINES and the eponymous exhibition at the Kulturbahnhof Kassel project a realignment of the magazine, which is based on the work-up and reflection of the history of the magazine began.

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Since 2008

Based on preliminary work within the framework of Documenta 12 Magazines and on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the magazine relaunch took place in 2008. With the new Art Director Mike Meiré return to your original logo ARCH as well as a redesign of the magazine was made. Meiré led the Futura, which has the appearance of ARCH dominated in the early going, again. The booklets were reinforced made ​​on a project basis and involved external partners to allow a substantive expansion of the themes and perspectives and to develop other switch planes and media that go beyond the magazine. The scope of the journal has been extended through symposia, conferences, exhibitions, competitions. 2009/2010 was ARCH official partner of the International Building Exhibition Hamburg and organized in this context, content realization of two competitions on the topics Smart Materials and Smart Price. Aim is the realization of good model buildings as part of the IBA Hamburg until 2013. 2010 curated Nikolaus Kuhnert and Anh - Linh Ngo with the editorial team of the Berlin exhibition "Post - Oil City " for the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations. The successful exhibition was, inter alia, shown in Stuttgart, Berlin, Vienna and Zurich. In addition, go to " Post-Oil City" from 2011 in English and from 2012 also in Spanish and Brazilian version in the exhibition program of the ifa for at least 5 years on tour and, among other things in India, South America and Africa make station.

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The magazine puts its emphasis on the smooth transition between Architecture ( Arch ), City, Culture and the Media ( ). The editorial self-image of the magazine is a continuation of modernity (and the critique of postmodernism ). ARCH is the last of the major publishing houses independent, conceptual architecture magazine in Germany. ARCH is part of the editorial network documenta 12 magazines of documenta 12

Each issue is devoted to a special topic that describes and evaluates specific projects. Topics include discussions of the social and natural sciences, economics, philosophy and art in terms of architecture in the development of new housing concepts, forms of organization of work, urbanistic models, problems of dealing with mobility and transport, as well as nature and landscape, in redefining of construction projects and types or issues of design and perception of space and dealing with material.

The newspaper section provides information on the current architectural scene, the international discussion about competitions, exhibitions, conferences and new releases.

The Baufokus is designed as a practical construction service for architects. It provides information on technologies and processes, building materials, designs, details, manufacturers and trade shows. In contrast, the product show focuses on the design, with the range from the classics to the young savages, from residential to office buildings, from lights and sanitary equipment up to everyday objects.


Sabine Kraft leads the Aachener editors, Nikolaus Kuhnert and Anh - Linh Ngo Berlin editors.

Permanent employees are Florian Böhm, Michael Hensel, Joachim Krausse, Arno Löbbecke, Martin Luce, Julia von Mende, Achim Menges, Philipp Misselwitz, Philipp Oswalt, Christoph Schindler, Susanne Schindler, Angelika Schnell, Stephan Truby.

The art direction has held Mike Meiré. Design: Tim Giesen and Tobias Tschense.


  • POST -OIL CITY. The History of the Future of the City: A book and exhibition project in cooperation with the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations on the post-fossil city. The project works out that many of the contemporary future scenarios for the city nachfossile are invested in the utopias of modernity.
  • IBA Hamburg: Since 2009, ARCH official partner of the International Building Exhibition Hamburg and organized in this framework, the content of two international workshops on Smart Materials and Smart Price. Aim is the realization of good model buildings as part of the IBA Hamburg until 2013.
  • THE MAKING OF YOUR MAGAZINES - architecture magazines as media of aesthetic mediation: The exhibition and project space of ARCH to participate in documenta 12 magazines dealing with contemporary possibilities of aesthetic education and mediation. It was developed in cooperation with Georg Schöllhammer of documenta 12 magazines, Beatriz Colomina and Clip / Stamp / Fold Team ( Princeton University), Rem Koolhaas, Hans- Ulrich Obrist, Quickbornerheide team, Storefront Gallery in New York, Architectural Association London
  • The ARCH award is awarded for the best dissertation in the field of architecture, urbanism and design. The prize money is 12,000 euros.
  • The research and exhibition Shrinking Cities project extends the run in Germany urbanistic debate, which has focused on questions of the demolition of surplus flats and the appreciation of residential quarters to new questions and perspectives.

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  • Delirious New York, Rem Koolhaas, ISBN 3-931435-00-8, German translation by Fritz Schneider, 2nd edition. Delirious New York, 1978 first appeared, is a polemical investigation of this Manhattan: It documents the symbiotic relationship between its ever-changing metropolitan culture and the unique architecture that was created by it - none the less, this book is of the opinion that not infrequently the architecture of the produced culture.

Authors (selection)

Otl Aicher, Christopher Alexander, Archigram, Asymptote, Shigeru Ban, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, Ulrich Beck, Günter Behnisch, Heinz Bienefeld, Bazon Brock, Henryk M. Broder, Santiago Calatrava, Daniel Cohn- Bendit, Peter Cook, Coop Himmelb ( l) au, Douglas Coupland, Hermann Czech, Guy Debord, Jacques Derrida, Walt Disney, Marcel Duchamp, Max Dudler, Peter Eisenman, Sergei Eisenstein, Olafur Eliasson, Wolfgang Engler, Harun Farocki, Vilém Flusser, Norman Foster, Kenneth Frampton, Massimiliano Fuksas, Jonas spirit, Reinier de Graaf, Andreas Gursky, Jürgen Habermas, HAU, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Dieter Hoffmann- ax handle, Steven Holl, Charles Jencks, Heinrich Klotz, Hans Kollhoff, Rem Koolhaas, Rob Krier, Oskar Lafontaine, Le Corbusier, Daniel Libeskind, Kevin A. Lynch, Peter Marcuse, MESS, Pierre de Meuron, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, MVRDV, Frei Otto, Julius Posener, Jacques Rancière, Jan Philipp Reemtsma, Richard Rorty, Richard Rogers, Thomas Ruff, Manfred Sack, Saskia Sassen, Jürgen Sawade, Jörg Schlaich, Peter Sloterdijk, Peter Smithson, Werner Sobek, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Bruno Taut, Stephan Truby, Bernard Tschumi, James Turrell, Oswald Mathias Ungers, Robert venturi, Paul Virilio, Wim Wenders.