Candide — Journal for Architectural Knowledge

Candide is a peer-reviewed journal edited by Axel Sowa, Susanne Schindler, Andres Lepik, and Anne Kockelkorn and published by Hatje Cantz.

Not unlike Voltaire’s fictional character Candide, who traveled the eighteenth-century world on an eager but often disappointed search for knowledge, the journal’s editors have embarked on a twenty-first century search, in their case, of architectural knowledge.

Candide is released twice a year in English and German. One year after its release in print, an issue becomes available online as part of our open access policy.

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September 4th, 2014 — 8:13 pm —

Now available: Candide No. 8

Candide No. 8 is now available at booksellers or directly through It features Sascha Roesler writing on ethnographic representation in architecture, Danielle Hodgson analysing the iconography of security in…

July 25th, 2014 — 1:20 pm —

CFP: Streitsache: Architecture as Matter of Contention (Aachen, 29-31 Jan 15)

From January 29 to 31, 2015 the second Candide Conference will take place at RWTH Aachen University. Papers presented in the conference will be published in a forthcoming issue. Deadline…

November 21st, 2013 — 5:04 am — Event

Panel Discussion in Zurich

Please join coeditor Anne Kockelkorn on Thursday, November 28, at 6 pm, ETH Zürich-Hönggerberg in a panel discussion on the question “Why are we still making books, still making journals?” on the occasion…

ETHZ gta

November 19th, 2013 — 3:47 am — Event

Panel Discussion in New York

Please join us for a panel discussion on the crisis of large-scale housing production in the 1970s and its lasting impact on architecture discourse today   Tuesday, November 26, 7…

From/Aus: Brochüre/Brochure Ernst Göhner AG,  ca. 1967

September 20th, 2013 — 5:04 pm —

Candide No. 7 in bookstores mid-October 2013

The five articles in the upcoming issue analyse the lasting influence of the crisis of large-scale housing production in the mid-1970s on the theory and practice of architecture. Read more…


October 10th, 2012 — 10:55 pm — Release

Candide No. 6 published by Hatje Cantz

It is here, just in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair: our sixth issue, with contributions on acoustics and ruins, earth construction and systems thinking, as well as fictional oral…

Candide No. 6, Cover

April 11th, 2012 — 5:28 pm — Release

Now available: Candide No. 5

We are happy to announce the release of the fifth issue of Candide. To read more on the content, click here. To purchase, please contact your local bookseller or order directly from ACTAR.

Candide No. 5, Cover

October 7th, 2011 — 6:22 pm — Announcement

Candide and Archizines

We are thrilled to be featured in the upcoming exhibition Archizines at the AA School of Architecture in London from November 5th to December 14th, 2011. The website and exhibition…

Archizines: fanzines, journals, magazines

October 7th, 2011 — 5:56 pm — Announcement

MIES 2011. rethinking Mies – Mies neu denken

On the occasion of the anniversary of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s 125th birthday, the Department of Architecture Theory at RWTH Aachen University and the Verein Aachen Fenster e.V. are…

MIES 2011

October 7th, 2011 — 5:55 pm — Release

“Constructing Knowledge” Proceedings

The proceedings of the international conference “Constructing Knowledge – Das Wissen der Architektur,” held in Aachen in November 2009 on the occasion of the launch of Candide, have been published. The…

Constructing Knowledge Poster