For an issue that was supposed to be about the past, this issue of VOLUME contains an awful lot about the current moment and our immediate future. All-star philosopher Peter Sloterdijk talks about a future for religious architecture. Kuba Snopek and Izabela Cichonska discuss effective strategies for architectural activism from communist Poland. The future of history writing is addressed with architecture historian Kenneth Frampton. Wytze Patijn reflects on how the "cauliflower" neighbourhoods in Holland steer the outlook of Dutch planning with their omnipresence. An artisanal future of the media landscape is the concern of writer Niklas Maak and internet critic and Syllabus founder Evgeny Morozov.