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Each issue of DETAIL is devoted to a specific constructional theme and provides a comprehensive treatment of the subject in the various sections of the journal. The main section is the »Documentation«, containing an analysis of selected projects, in which buildings from around the world are covered in depth. In addition to the aesthetic quality of the architecture, constructional details play a central role. All plan drawings are redrawn in-house true to scale and in consultation with the architects, planners and engineers responsible for the original design. This affords readers ready access to the projects and a swift means of comparison at a uniformly high level.

In the »Discussion« and »Reports« sections of the journal, well-known architects and critics as well as specialist authors and architectural historians are able to articulate their views and ideas in the form of interviews, statements and essays - topically, competently and in a discriminating manner.

The »Technology« section extends the range of coverage: the specific theme of each issue is treated in greater depth by contributors who are often from related disciplines.

In the »Product Information« section, we provide a subject-by-subject survey of current developments in the field of building products. Innovative applications of materials and products are described and reference is made to the projects in which they have been used. In addition, details are regularly provided of opportunities for further study, competitions held by industrial organisations, and publications from the industrial sector.

One of the six yearly issues of DETAIL English edition and two of the ten yearly issues of the bilingual German/English edition are concept issues. »DETAIL Concept« concentrates on certain main projects and describes the entire development process - from the most important aspects of the planning to the realisation of the buildings; from the organisation of the architect's office to the formulation of concepts; from the collaboration with specialist planners to the construction work on site.