Now is not a time for metaphorical sticking plasters or vanity projects, it is a time for change and a time for action.
The mandate of architects and urbanists today goes way beyond designing buildings, it includes changing behavior, influencing and impacting policy, and building bottom-up agency with new understandings of value, justice, and cultural production. This task is best achieved by sharing not just strategies but also practice – completely openly and freely. This sixth volume in the Archifutures series for the Future Architecture platform, therefore, focuses on emerging narratives and strategies that can help architects adapt their practice towards more effective agency in order to meet the greater, more universal tasks that are upon all of humankind. The projects featured here show ways forward in addressing ecological destruction, racial injustice, housing inequality, and landscapes of conflict. They point to new modes of design practice, rethinking what it means to be “an architect” in a world of spatial injustice.
Contributors include: 45°, Architects Climate Action Network, Thomas Aquilina, Architekturos Fondas, ateliermob, BC Architects and Studies[BE], Miguel Braceli, Coloco, Critical Practice, Dark Matter Labs, Arturo Franco & Ana Román, Institute for Linear Research, Will Jennings, Constantinos Marcou, Mies. TV, Office of Human Resources, Recetas Urbanas, Jason Rhys Parry, Point Supreme, Proyecto Colectivo, Marie-Louise Richards, Unfolding Pavilion, Un-war Space Lab, Marina Otero Verzier.
Edited by George Kafka and Sophie Lovell.
Design by Diana Portela.
Title: Archifutures. Volume 6: Agency. A Field Guide to Reclaiming the Future of Architecture.
Editors: George Kafka, Sophie Lovell — &beyond collective
Cover: Softcover with flaps
Size: 17 x 23 cms
Number of pages: 218
Date: October 2020
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By Sophie Lovell
Five years of Future Architecture platform
Interview with Matevž Čelik
By Sophie Lovell
Architecture after architecture
By Marina Otero Verzier
Illustrations by Janar Siniloo
Building without walls
By Miguel Braceli
Challenging neo-colonial exploitation with utopian realism
By Stephanie Kyuyoung Lee, Office of Human Resources
Erasure and vulnerability as sites of subversion
By Marie-Louise Richards
On revolutionising the ways we manage and envision our communal space
By Gian Maria Socci and Alkistis Thomidou, 45º
Exploring contemporary landscapes through walking a line
By Luis Hilti and Matilde Igual Capdevila
What will the ruins of neoliberalism look like?
By Will Jennings
Building for the new natives of an altered nature
By Jason Rhys Parry
Story-making for accessibility and empowerment
A conversation between Justinas Dūdėnas, Andrius Ropolas, Paula Brücke and Arian Lehner
The Great Island of Replicas
By Constantinos Marcou
Adaptions beyond mere survival
By Sam Turner, Architects Climate Action Network
Addressing race and space with the New Architecture Writers
Interview with Thomas Aquilina
By George Kafka