On Housing 2
Following the research started on our first issue, On Housing 2 focus on the limits of domestic architecture, where we publish experiments and prototypes by artists and architects, working on subjects like Open Source, Flexible Systems, Shared Logics and others.
In 1969, Warren Chalk from Archigram wrote an article with the title “Owing to lack of interest, tomorrow has been cancelled”, a suggestive and provoking heading. Together with Peter Cook, Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton, Michael Webb and David Greene he had formed a group of innovative and creative architectural thought, searching for non conventional solutions to social and urban problematic, questioning the role of the architect and of the city planner in the contemporary society and pondering on the incoherence and vicissitudes of the time. A professional life made with more questions than answers, marking a new position of thought and reflection on the city and architecture.
More than forty years passed over this article and we can say with some certainty that everything changed but remaining too much the same. Although the problems and conditionings are different, with the planet suffering alterations radically fast, the differences between the global and the local are defined as the result of our space-time positioning relative to the city, to the society and to the architecture.
Architects have become specialists and simultaneously obsolets when renounced from their functions of critical thinkers. Between Climate Change and Economical Crisis, society is facing a great dilemma: should we be conservative and blindly follow political, social and economical protocols as we did so far, or should we move on and start acting creatively, searching for new game rules that allow for a different set of guidelines?
Check out this issue with 10 projects that are working on the limits of architecture.
African Species. Arquitectos Anónimos
Máquinas E-Cotidianas. Oficina Informal
Keret House. Centrala
Paraloop. Gausa Raveau actarquitectura
House in Never Never Land. Andrés Jacque
Sweet Parliament Home. Andrés Jacque
NEW EXPRESSION On Housing
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