speech: architectural magazine

Sergei Tchoban / Sergey Kuznetsov (eds.)
Editor-in-chief: Anna Martovitskaya

Softcover with flaps
23.5 x 30 cm
272 pages
with approx. 300 col.


SPEECH: is a bilingual architectural magazine devoted to the most topical issues and ideas in contemporary architecture, comprehensively analyzing them in terms of theory and practice, history and modernity, global trends and local peculiarities. Each issue focuses entirely on a single topic stemming directly from current architectural practice. Subjects that have not been distinctly articulated before and have not yet been covered in detail in architectural discourse are discussed in depth, based on numerous international and Russian projects. Authors include architects, architectural critics, cultural experts and historians, as well as experts in various fields related to architecture. 

The first ten issues were devoted to the fundamentals of architectural language (details, color, ornament, materiality, structural design) and aspects of the urban environment (square, water, genius loci). Since then, SPEECH: has focused on specific typologies of contemporary architecture: museums, social housing, the metro, architecture for kids, and sports architecture. Starting with issue 16, the magazine will be moving away from typologies and focus again on current themes in the field of architecture. 

All articles in SPEECH: are bilingual (Russian and English) and are accompanied by many illustrations. SPEECH: has been published twice a year since 2008, as from issue 13 in cooperation with JOVIS Publishers. Issues 1–12 are available on request through JOVIS Publishers.


speech: 13 subway


In the 21st century “metro” is increasingly perceived as synonymous with “megalopolis.” However, in this issue of speech: the metro is treated as a distinctive architectural type and a unique public space whose importance is growing with every year. The modern metro has ceased to be simply a means of getting to where you need to be by the shortest route; more than any other kind of public transport, it today determines the architectural image of large cities and the comfort of their urban environment. The layout and design of modern stations and entrance halts, the possibility of incorporating the widest range of functions into transport infrastructure, and the use of innovative technologies and materials are just some of the aspects which are examined under the heading of “metro architecture.” speech: 13 looks at the best metro stations that have been built in various corners of the world over the last three years—from Rio de Janeiro and Chicago to Dubai and Singapore, with numerous stops in Europe along the way. 

speech: 14 for kids

Out of print

The 14th issue of speech: is dedicated to architecture for children. The generation growing up today has been the focus of architects and urban planners like never before: for testing various teaching methods and systems the most advanced buildings are being built, many of which are ahead of their time. The most striking edifices built for children have been gathered within the covers of this issue—kindergartens and schools, recreation centers and playgrounds, libraries, museums, and cafes. At a time when investment in human capital has become perhaps the most promising, the typology of architecture for children has indeed reached its maximum diversity. In looking through hundreds of buildings for little ones, this issue highlights not simply the most innovative or striking sites, but those that have contributed to the transformation of cities, creating in them a truly fulfilling and child-friendly urban environment.

speech: 15 sport


The 15th issue of the architectural magazine will cover sports architecture. It is difficult to find an equally expressive typology, which includes striking architectural experiments such as stadiums, athletics complexes, and water sports centers. The issue will discuss how the form of these buildings reflects the irresistible desire to win and realize potential.

speech: 16 vernacular

Out of print

The 16th issue of speech: will center on the theme of the “vernacular.” It will focus on both the array of architectural traditions that prevail in a particular region, and the materials which brought, and continue to bring these traditions to life. Vernacular architecture in its pure form needless to say remains in the past, however its spot on precision in finding technologies and materials is once again extremely relevant—in the context of sustainable development requirements. Although primarily a structure’s environmental friendliness is regarded as the reduction of CO2 emissions, no less important as “green” features in buildings are their longevity and relevance within the context. The priority in using local materials has ecological and economic value, but also has an important cultural and educational mission: not only in promoting the region’s heritage, but also in making buildings more intuitively understandable and familiar to their future users. All of this makes us think that “vernacular” is one of the most significant trends in contemporary architecture, capable of making its development more harmonious and at the same time truly diverse.

speech: 17 contrast


Issue 17 of speech: is devoted to the item “Contrast“. It is focused on architecture which is intentionally much brighter than it’s surrounding. Contrast as the use of solids vs voids, light vs dark, various sizes and various textures as well as new vs old. Contrasting architectural styles can be a tricky proposition, especially in preventing the addition from looking dated or outshining the historic buildings. In some cases, these modern renovations successfully preserve the originals while bringing something fresh and new, while others fall on their faces. This issue represents both extremes, and a lot in between, analyzing the conditions of the harmonic coexistence of the historical and modern architecture.

speech: 18 regions


When speaking about the age of cities, the focus is usually on the highly dense cores of megacities. However, urbanization and urban growth do not only mean densification and the development of city centers. Many new centers are developing on the periphery of metropolises, either through the regeneration of abandoned industrial areas, or as completely newly planned cities.

The 18th issue of speech: is dedicated to this development. Current case examples such as Smart City Malta, Drammen in Norway, Newark in the USA, and the Hunziker-Areal in Zurich are examined with regard to planning strategies and qualities such as their human scale, sustainable neighborhoods, and usage mix. The main contributions in the volume are by Kees Christiaanse, KCAP architects and planners (Rotterdam) and Kongijan Yu, founder of Turenscape (China).

speech: 19 regulations


The nineteenth issue of the architectural magazine speech: explores the theme of regulations. This particularly technical and nomenclatural theme has, in fact, at first glance a decisive influence on architecture, largely predetermining both its visual embodiment and all of the main operational characteristics. This issue is focused on regulations in the broadest sense of the word—from the urban norms according to which new areas and cities are built, to energy efficiency standards and fire safety codes, which no architect can omit from their designs.

speech: 20 Landscape


The twentieth issue of speech: magazine will be devoted to the theme of landscape. The topic of investigation will be the harmonious interaction between architecture and nature, both in rural areas and within the boundaries of modern megalopolises. What is a modern park and what structures can be integrated into landscapes? The projects represented in this issue show a wide variety of forms and techniques for creating man-made landscapes for the twenty-first century.

speech: 21 community center


The twenty-first issue of speech: studies the phenomenon of the community center. What functions and what forms must community centers have today in order to continue to bring people and communities together and help them tackle socially important issues, and how do these change depending on the scale and geography of their surrounding?

speech: 22 media


The media space is one of the most essential in today’s society. Media spaces are of many different kinds, including media rooms of whatever type, exhibition spaces, and communications and TV studios, as well as the various media facades that make the boundary between physical and virtual reality increasingly artificial. How media technologies can enrich architecture and what architectural tasks they make it possible to achieve are two of the most important questions that we shall be looking at in the twenty-second issue of speech:.

speech: 23 postindustrial


The twenty-third issue of speech: will be on the subject of industrial architecture, focusing on factories and manufacturing facilities and the sites they occupy—property that, following changes in the economy and urban-planning strategies, needs to be approached today in a fundamentally new way. The issue will not just deal with listed architectural heritage but also with the industrial structures of the 1960s to 1980s: these are buildings not subject to any legal preservation requirement, but for which it is nevertheless more human and sustainable to refrain from demolition. Industrial heritage offers additional capacity to develop areas for large cities and an opportunity to create new formats for living.