2ha is a magazine interested in the suburbs. Each issue is formatted in order to explore the phenomenon of suburbia and its relationship to a particular field of study. So far, they’ve covered a diverse range of subjects, from photography, cinema and language to typology, modernism and public space.
What got you in to independent publishing?
The inspiration to make a magazine sort of came about thanks to the Irish Architecture Foundation, who ran an ‘architecture zine’ competition in 2013. This was pretty soon after I’d graduated from college and had plenty of research/thesis material stashed away. Making a magazine seemed like a good way to both synthesise and disseminate this work, as well as providing an outlet for further research. So I entered the competition (and although I didn’t win!) it got the ball rolling and soon after published the first issue.
What do you make/publish?
2ha is a magazine interested in the suburbs. It’s a quarterly publication that invites architects, artists and academics to analyse, critique and reimagine the overlooked and ignored spaces of our everyday lives. 2ha is pretty much our main focus at the moment, though it has lead to collaboration with other publishing projects such as the Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI). It’s also given us the opportunity to work with some great guest editors, like SET Collective, DoCoMoMo Ireland, and Failed Architecture.
Who/what inspires you?
One source of initial inspiration would be the early 20th century pamphleteering of the emerging Modern Movement. Publications such as G, De Stijl and L’Esprit Nouveau combined text and graphic to make something more than a journalistic magazine. In many ways, they were manifestoes for new ideas and ways of thinking. I’m not sure we’ll reach similarly lofty heights, but the thought that publishing can still have a role in shaping the spread of fresh thinking and our understanding of the world, continues to provide a powerful motivation.
Who are your audience?
Well… it’s probably just architects. But I’d like to think that anyone interested in the cities in which we live – how they are built, and by who or why – would find something worth reading in the magazine. As a means of covering a broad spectrum of topics, each issue adopts a different theme. This can range from photography, cinema, and language, to typology, public space, and capital.
Have you exhibited at the Dublin Zine Fair before? How did it go?
We missed last year’s event since we were away but we exhibited at the 2013 fair. It was our first time doing anything like that and I have to say, it was a great experience. The weekend was an opportunity to meet with people who’d supported the magazine before, as well as introducing it to a new audience. Also, it was interesting to visit all the other stalls to see what everybody else was up to. We had no idea there were so many zinesters in Dublin at all.
Tell us a joke!
What do you call a fake noodle?
An Impasta (*I’m so sorry*)