The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 196X – 197X


In recent years, there has been a resurgence of international interest in the architecture of the 1960s and 1970s. Yet, the role of the many experimental publications that were the engine of that intensely creative period has been largely neglected. The exhibition “Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines, 196X – 197X” tracks the critical function of the little magazine in architecture during these years, when a remarkable outburst of publications disseminated and catalyzed a range of experimental practices. Coined in the early twentieth century to designate progressive literary journals, the term “little magazine” was remobilized during the 1960s to grapple with the contemporary proliferation of independent architectural periodicals that appeared in response to the political, social, and artistic changes of the period. Clip/Stamp/Fold investigates how an internationally diverse group of architectural little magazines informed the development of postwar architectural culture.

The exhibition's annotated timeline serves as a cross-section, tracking the progression, upheavals, and transformations of the magazines. A selection of original magazines surveys the variety of unique formats, re-introducing rare examples from private collections, and is supplemented by complete facsimiles for visitors to browse. Audio interviews with editors and designers of these publications punctuate the room, with transcriptions appearing in the Storefront's newsletter. In addition, many of these editors and designers have been invited to respond to the exhibition through the series Little Magazines / Small Talks held at the gallery. An implicit aim of the exhibition is to invite reflection on contemporary uses of media in architecture. Assembling all these remarkable documents for the first time offers a unique view of a key period of architectural innovation and challenges today's architects to provoke a similar intensity.

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CLIP/STAMP/FOLD Design and Curatorial Team:

The exhibition has been a collaborative research and design project by a team of Ph.D. candidates at the School of Architecture at Princeton University led by Professor Colomina and is the outcome of two years of seminars, interviews and visits with the editors, architects and theorists who produced the magazines. Clip/Stamp/Fold is curated by Beatriz Colomina with Craig Buckley, Anthony Fontenot, Urtzi Grau, Lisa Hsieh, Alicia Imperiale, Lydia Kallipoliti, Daniel López-Pérez, and Irene Sunwoo from Princeton University, with the collaboration of Olympia Kazi.

The exhibition has been made possible through the generous support of: the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts; Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown; the School of Architecture, the Program in Media and Modernity, the Department of Art & Archaeology, and the Graduate School of Princeton University.

CLIP/STAMP/FOLD exhibitions:

Storefront Art and Architecture, New York
November 14, 2006 - January 31, 2007


Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal
April 12, 2007 - September 9, 2007


Arch+ Documenta Magazines at Documenta 12, Kassel
June 16, 2007 - September 23, 2007


Architectural Association, London
November 12, 2007 - December 7, 2007


Norsk Form, Oslo
May 15, 2008 - August 3, 2008

Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver
September 12, 2008 - November 9, 2008

Disseny HUB, Barcelona
March 13- May 17, 2009


  • New York Times review of "Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines" (02/08/07) by Nicholai Ouroussoff (link)
  • Interview with Beatriz Colomina on Clip/Stamp/Fold (02/23/07) by ARTSCAPE (link)
  • Martin Braathen, "Histories pa boks- Neo avant-garde op postmodernism I sma formatter/ Canned History: neo Avant-Garde and Postmodernism in Small Formats," Arkitektur (Oslo), June 2007, pp. 32-39.
  • Ryan Bigge, "Little Magazines Thinking Big," Toronto Star, Sunday August 5, 2007, Section ID, pp. 1, 4.
  • Derek Webster, "Radical Dreamers: A Dynamic exhibit at the Canadian Centre for Architecture asks: Is there a role today for little magazines?" Maisonneuve 24, Summer 2007, pp. 18-21
  • Adele Weder, "Clipped,Stamped, Folded," Canadian Architect July 2007, pp. 12-14.
  • Kevin Pratt, "Space Exploration," Artforum May 2007, pp. 113-114.
  • Reinhold Martin, "Was ist so klein an kleinen Zeitschriften?" Archplus 183, May 2007, pp. 6-7.
  • Steven Howell, "CCA displays ground-breaking independent periodicals," The Gazette 27 April, 2007, p. D8.
  • Alain Hocherau, "Magazines Rebelles," Voir, 26 April, 2007, p. VLV 4.
  • Rene Viau, "Architecture de papier: Une exposition consacree par le CCA a la presse architectural des annees 60 et 70," Le Devoir, 21 April 2007, p. E9.
  • Lyne Crevier, "Bombes X," Ici Montreal, 19 April 2007, p. 47.
  • Sylvie Berkowicz, "La presse underground de l'architecture," Creativite Montreal, 4 April 2007.
  • Jocelyne Lepage, "Architecture pamphetaire," La Presse, Montreal, 19 April 2007, A&S, p. 4.
  • "Newspaper: Progressive Architecture Caused by Little Magazines," Plus (Seoul) n. 239, March 2007.
  • Megan Ratner, "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Frieze n. 105, March 2007, p. 194.
  • Nicolai Ouroussoff, "Such Cheek! Those Were the Days, Architects," The New York Times, Thursday February 8, 2007, The Arts Section, pp. 1, 5.
  • "Clip, Stamp, Fold," The New Yorker, January 22, 2007.
  • Blythe Sheldon, "Smaller is Better: The zinc scene setting architecture hearts aflutter at the Storefront for Art & Architecture," V magazine, December 27, 2006.
  • Salomon Frausto, "Little magazines Big Time," The Architects Newspaper n. 20, 12/11/06.
  • Nicolai Ouroussoff, "blur" in The New York Times, Arts & Leisure, Section 2, p. 2, December 3, 2006.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold: L'architetture delle picole testate 196x-197x," Domus 72, November 2006, pp. 72-79.
  • "Panorama: Clip/Stamp/Fold," PIN-UP: Magazine for Architectural Entertainment, Issue 1, Fall 2006.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Metropolis, November 2006. p. 122.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Pidgin 2, 2007, p. 112.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Volume n. 10, Fall 2006, pp, 120-133.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Greyroom n. 25, Fall 2006.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Cabinet n. 24, Winter 2006-2007.
  • "Clip/Stamp/Fold," Log, 2007.
  • "Excerpt: Clip/Stamp/Fold," The Architect's Newspaper, n. 18, November 3, 2006, pp. 24-25.

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