’ΔΟΜΕΣ‘ and its contents are a function of the current situation of architecture, the circumstances under which it is practiced, and the editors’ perception. It seeks to constitute a platform of international discourse, of colloquy and dialogue ideally, whilst based in Athens. There are prospects, and also restrictions posed by all that is local, just as there are inevitable ’glocal’ considerations -an interplay between global and local, general and particular, that is, after all, a hallmark of architecture.
The awareness of this condition leads to a preference for that which is concrete. This in turn arises out of locally and temporally determined conditions that generate the variety of architecture, without which international interchange would be totally insipid and international discourse utterly impossible.
The concepts of theme and archive assume special importance in this context. ’ΔΟΜΕΣ’ would not be an instrument merely registering events and data, or assume an approach involving the serendipitous choice of thematically disparate material. The periodical systematically articulates its contents on the basis of specific themes, so that the multiplicity of correlations emerging thereby, may drive, enhance and sustain the impetus of its argument. Nonetheless, a focus on whatever is interesting presupposes the undertaking of retrospective assessments (albeit unavoidably subjective) along with an account and evaluation of the reasons that made certain criteria operative in the choice of subject matter, or in its critical reception. That is the reason why ’ΔΟΜΕΣ’ occasionally revisits the notion of archive, for the purpose either of obtaining information, or achieving self-knowledge.
At an uncertain time ’ΔΟΜΕΣ’ will endeavour to contribute to the emergence of a new confidence in experimenting and perfecting.
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