The contributions presented here can be seen to represent a collective rolling up of architectural sleeves: projects that are about getting on with the task in hand, getting hands dirty to make a better world. They act as a signal call of a new generation of architects not content to accept the status-quo as it is – the poverty and inequity which seems to have become hardwired into how so many of our cities and societies have developed today, questioning what it is means to be an architect and reasserting the agency of what architecture in its widest sense can contribute, not just to the debate but to helping change things for the better.
Leading on from the theoretical approaches contained in Volume 2, the third volume: The Site – A field guide to making the future of architecture, presents a further selection from the Future Architecture platform’s 2015 call for ideas. The focus here is on the nitty-gritty of practice: projects and strategies that are on-site or site-ready to shake up that future. These are the inspirational solutions and ideas, which could soon be transforming the landscape of architecture and our cities, reasserting the agency architecture in its widest sense.
Contributors include: Aleksandra Zarek, Plan Común, Guerilla Architects, Jack Self, Lavinia Scaletti, Léopold Lambert, Manon Mollard, Urbz and Natasha Reid.
Creative Direction Sophie LovellDesign Diana Portela with Janar Siniloo and Lena GiovanazziEditors Rob Wilson, George Kafka, Sophie Lovell, Fiona Shipwright and Florian HeilmeyerPublisher dpr-barcelona, October 2016