Crumble is a collection of spirited, open-minded students and professionals keen to enliven the conversation about architecture. Based in Edinburgh, we’ve set up a bi-annual magazine that aims to promote interdisciplinary understanding of architecture and place. It provides a platform for people of all backgrounds and disciplines to publish articles and artwork that explore concerns about the future of our surroundings from a local to a global scale. The magazine gives those ideas reach within and beyond the university through public distribution.
The magazine has an emphasis on engaging architecture with its real-world, wider cultural context and exploring how it can provide answers to current political and social issues. We are keen to involve students and professionals from as many disciplines as possible. The magazine has already involved current and former professionals alongside students of Architecture, Illustration, Product Design, Fine Art, Linguistics, History, Politics, International Development, Conservation, Landscape Architecture, History of Art, Urban Planning and English Literature.
Our magazine has won the Stack Award for ‘Best Student Magazine of the Year 2017’. The current issue ”Are We Sitting Comfortably?” was published in Summer 2019, whilst the fifth issue ‘Moment, Movement ‘ is currently taking submissions.
The nature of Crumble as a student led publication means that it’s team changes as students come and go. The current team for Issue #5 was formed and continues to be guided by the previous editorial team, primarily: Holly Baker (Editor-in-Chief), Dan Anderson (Managing Director), Alex Abadjieva (Designer-in-Chief) and Cécile Ngọc Sương Perdu (Illustration).
The fourth and current issue ”Are We Sitting Comfortably?” creates a conversation at a range of scales with an intense focus on the human. It asks it’s readers to find a comfortable seat before preparing themselves to question themselves and consider if we really should be sitting comfortably? Contained with in its pages are articles, poems, illustrations on:
Public Seating – Complacent Architects – Home Comforts – Striving for Selfie Backdrops – People Make Places – Children’s Hospitals – Feminist Free Space – Politics of Door Handles – Women’s Reproductive Rights – Cooking Rituals – Archaeological Excavation for Architectural Evolution – The Necessity of Discomfort – A Love Letter To A Toilet – Mental Health – Poems, interviews and more.
Contributors: Nadim Jacquemond, Alex Zawalnyski, Kome Eleyae, Isaac Lassey, Tabby Carless-Frost, Scott Szpisjak, Angus Stewart, Cameron Boyd, Jago Trelawny-Vernon, Ben Hair, Cecile Ngoc Suong Perdu, Myrto Efthymiadi, Sarah Kemali, Rose Miller, Lucia Medina Uriarte, Ellie Edmond, Frances Driscoll, Harriet Garbutt, Frances Driscoll, Harriet Garbutt, Stef Dempster, Holly Goodwin, Callum Symmons, Imogen Herd, Theodore Shack, Carrie Tench, Sophie Burgess, Bethan Jones, Holly Goodwin, Megan Kenyon, Sarah Kemali, Jamie Begg, Aron Shelemy
Our latest issue explores ‘Conflict/Resolution’ as the new theme. It has been an exciting departure from our previous two themes with a new team on board. Inside you will find articles, poems, interviews and illustrations on:
Northern Ireland’s Peace walls – Nuclear Deterrents – Immigration policies – Decolonising Western Cities – Conservation in Monticello – Heritage in Nigeria – Rwandan Reconciliation – UCU strikes – Building in Bangladore – Japanese samurai tradition – Adventure playgrounds – Homelessness in London – Forensic architecture – Designing for Refugees – Revolution in Portugal – Play and more.
Contributors: Hannah Penwarden, Katie-May Munro, Megan Kenyon, Alex Abadjieva, Carrie Tench, Liam Rotheram, Aaron Chan, Ciaran Murphy, Ellie Edmond, Alice King, Sarah Kemali, Zubaydah Jibrilu, Cecile Ngoc Suong Perdu, Callum Henderson, Gregor Henderson, Ivy Pottinger-Glass, Chloe Pottinger-Glass, Rana Tabatabaie, Kome Eleyae, Oriel Agranoff, Emma Henderson, Angus Barrett, Katrina McCall, Rose Miller, Honor Bathurst, Neil Cunning, Will Tooze, Antonia Weir, Theodore Shack, Angus Henderson.
Our second issue asked ‘What’s the Plan?’. Inside you will find both solutions to problems raised in issue 1 and various new writings and illustrations on:
Plans – Castle conservation – Gentrification vs. Immigration – Memories – Planning beyond streets – Regeneration in Sheffield – Exposing Eileen Gray – Housing in Hong Kong – Self-Healing Concrete – The EU – Benefiting from Brutalism – Egyptian capitals – Resilience in Palestine – Drawing and drafting plans – Outer space and more.
Contributors: Liam Rotheram, Jack Handscombe, Cécile Ngọc Sương Perdu, Noah Judge, Gregor Henderson, Frederica Giardino, Indigo Lowndes, Angus Henderson, Theodore Shack, Holly Baker, Megan Ellis, Erin Whalley, Sophie Pipe, Jo Russmann, Evelyn Wong, Sophia Constantinou, Will Tooze, Dan Wood, Daniel Anderson, Eleanor Cook, John Rattray, Nadim Jacquemond, Will Hughes, Yasser Khaldi, Nguyen Chau Anh, Neil Cunning, Rowan Mackinnon-Pryde, Aaron Chan, Maria Sara Tan, Sarah Betts, Andrea Ma, Beck Tait.
Our first issue explored ‘What is Urgent?’. Inside you will find writings and illustrations on:
Iconic architecture – The flaneur – Mushrooms as building material – Emergency urbanism – Refugee camps – Disaster relief in Haiti – Cyberspace – Pugin’s town in 2040 – Edinburgh’s built future – Architects and planners – Sustainable architecture in Iran – Life in boxes – The Badjao tribe – The housing crisis – Bursting the architectural bubble – Urgent thought – Ghosts – Feminism – Anthropocene armageddon in Venice and Yinchuan and more.
Contributors: Sophie Pipe, Angus Henderson, Roger Emmerson, Peter Wilson, Emeline Beroud, Rory Lamb, Joanna Spreadbury, Theodore Shack, Vsevolod Yurchenko, Calum Anderson, Will Tooze, Dan Wood, Erin Whalley, Asbjørn Eriknauer, Howard Barugahare, Caitlin Macleod, Miranda Smith, Holly Baker, Sofia Paredes, Jessica Bonehill, Lilian Lee, Hannah Kelly, Michael Drax, Gregor Henderson, Yasser Khaldi, Cécile Ngọc Sương Perdu