Periodical: The Alpine Review
by Tara Milroy / August 15, 2013
Although many say that print media is on its way out, the hardcopy magazine The Alpine Review was launched in 2012, in line with its own overarching theme of 'changes in thought, systems, and creations around the world.'

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The bi-annual publication's managing director and co-editor, Louis-Jacques Darveau, writes in the introduction to the inaugural issue, '...there is an uncanny feeling that something profound is taking place at this very moment. This is not a gradual evolution. This is an accelerating shake-up spanning industries and cultures: a massive tearing-down, redesign and renovation of processes, systems, structures, and perspectives.'


The Alpine Review contains excellent discourse on the complexities and transitions faced by today's society, and articulates these issues in an accessible voice that resonates with the reader. Transformations in our way of thought and way of life, and an overhaul of societal systems and conceptions are at the backbone of all the magazine content, while the topics discussed span a variety of disciplines like design, art, agriculture, consumption, fashion, branding, technologies, business, urban culture, and magazines themselves.


The first issue is encompassed by theme of 'Antifragility,' a notion conceived by author and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb, that The Alpine Review describes as 'anything that benefits from variability.' The magazine has interwoven this notion into the fabric of their discourse, illustrating that our rapidly moving world is more volatile than ever before, and unknown variables are more frequent than ever before. Systems, of thinking, producing, functioning, that will withstand are those that can thrive and flourish from the turbulence of change - those that are anti-fragile.


Published in Montreal, printed in Barcelona, and addressing globally relevant issues, The Alpine Review is international in its themes and its readership. At nearly 300 pages of articles, interviews, commentaries, and photo essays, the magazine tangibly expresses durability through its own design. It does not have the disposable quality of some print magazines, but rather a sense of permanence, as do the ideas expressed within its pages.


The Alpine Review is a forward thinking collective voice for change, as well a societal re-evaluation of how we react to change. The discourse is one that very well has the potential to foster openness, connectedness, sustainability, and a back to basics re-design of how we think about life.


MOCO readers can get 10% off the purchase price of Issue #1 of The Alpine Review by using promo code "MOCOTEN" at until October 10, 2013.

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