Čovjek i prostor shortened to ČIP (pronounced 'chip', although the name has no special connection to computer technology) means Man and Space. It is a bimonthly magazine of the Croatian Architecture Association. The Association was founded in 1878 and the first issue of ČIP was published in 1954, a s a more liberal and dynamic alternative to the somewhat older CAA journal Architecture. At the first magazine was issued as a black and white newspaper. After a serious of ups and downs, ČIP was reborn in 2006 as a bilingual (Croatian/English) magazine with an international focus. The 96 page magazine appears six times per year in a print run of 2700 copies. All members of the Croatian Chamber of Architects receive a free copy. The editor in chief is Patricia Kiš, well known Croatian culture journalist.
ČIP promotes advanced (whatever that means today) architecture. This has been its goal since its inception. It’s addressed not only to architects, Croatian or worldwide. Approximately, half of the content is dedicated to the Croatian and half to international scene, with pages dedicated to wider scene of visual art.
What makes ČIP different
ČIP is not a picture book although architectural projects and realizations are regularly published, but always in specific context of a particular issue theme. In 2007 ČIP dealt with Nature and Society, Museums, Hedonism, Croatian architectural realizations, Consumerism.
What is the biggest claim to fame?
ČIP’s first editors were Vjenceslav Richter and Zvonimir Marohnić, architects and avant-garde artists, the ideologists of the EXAT51, the most advanced artist in the communist Europe after the Second World War. Largely due to the advanced ideas and practices promoted in its pages, social –realist non-sense about ‘easily comprehensive architecture, understandable to people’, never took hold in Croatian theory and practice, or at least not until the appearance of populist postmodernism in late 1970s. During more than fifty years of existence, ČIP managed to survive a series of political upheavals and oppressive social systems that were mostly unsympathetic to contemporary architecture. The pages of this journal are the most important source of the Croatian contemporary architecture .