French architecture review, created in 1930
80 Years of Architecture with A'A'
cL’ Architecture d’Aujourd’hui (AA) is the oldest architecture review in France. Created in the midst of the 1930’s economical crisis by the architect, sculptor, painter and editor André Bloc (1896 – 1966).
From its very beginning, AA celebrated the role of avant-gardes and diverse architectural movements and personalities at the beginnings of ‘modernity’. Le Corbusier participated as chief editor for several issues.
Today, AA offers a transversal vision of contemporary architecture, with features on fundamental topics, architectural creations, architects statements, urban planning, and technical information. Thanks to its international character, AA is the only French architecture review known throughout the world today.
MAGAZINE RE-LAUNCH IN 2009
For more than 70 years, AA has represented a high standing, influential and uncompromising look on architecture. In 2009, alerted to the risks of the pioneer magazines possible disappearance, Jean Nouvel established contact with the architect François Fontès, and the businessman Alexandre Allard.
These two enthusiasts decided to buy AA and established Archipress & Associé to ensure its on-going publication.
Together the ‘founding fathers’ of this re-launch have committed themselves to opening a new page for the history of L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui. The core of the project is to define the new spirit of architecture today in the 21C: a space for free expression, discussion and exchange. In this way the bi-monthly publication ‘AA’ was re-instated from November 2009, with issue 374 published after a rupture of almost 2 years.
REAFFIRMED EDITORIAL AMBITIONS
In April 2016 Laure Paugam was nominated director of publications. She is committed to strengthen ‘AA’ in a demanding, structured and illustrated layout, always open towards other artistic fields.
The editor-in-chief is organised around an editorial committee that suggests, discusses and selects the topics for each edition. In line with the previous committees who have shaped AA’s history, today’s committee is enriched by participants of diverse origins and expertise that contribute to the high standard quality of the review.
Beyond the editorial committee, a publishing committee composed of important French and international architects - Shigeru Ban, Rudy Ricciotti, Frank Gehry, French Touch Collective (Aldric Beckmann and Olivier Fassio, Winy Maas, Philippe Starck, Benedetta Tagliabue), and the founders (Alexandre Allard, François Fontès et Jean Nouvel), respond to the needs of the editorial committee and participate periodically in developing the major directions of the review.
AA’s ambition is to elucidate the field of architecture by presenting as many graphic documents as interviews, biographies, and portraits of both established and emerging talents. The aim of the review, both in France and overseas, is to provide a multidisciplinary view towards other disciplines such as photography, sculpture and video but also design, landscape architecture and philosophical ideas. In order to maintain the dialogue with international readers and to maintain the international status given to the magazine since its creation in 1930, the magazine is entirely bilingual (French/English), with an average of 176 pages.