When the financial crisis and then recession struck in 2008, all design professions took a hit. Three years in, emerging and established architects, designers, and urbanists are entrenched in this new climate, which begs the question, what has irrevocably changed in practice? Previous crises gave rise to paper architecture and theoretical practice, but others saw the hemorrhaging of practitioners from the field.
What tactics have emerged in architecture and design since the financial crisis? What’s the operational mode of the bust, or how do we work now?
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The context of these strategic explorations also seem spread across a wide cross section of areas: rethinking the business model of architecture, re-engaging social issues, addressing politics, finding new cultural opportunities. I argue that these are different areas of content, but that they all benefit from a flexible, agile, nimble strategy. The methods, then, can be shared even though the content is different, much the way that an architect is able to transfer their learning about space from residential to commercial work and back and forth.
I look to skills such as negotiation, translation, and optimism as survival tactics in the post-2008 era. I’m taking tactics to mean skills or maneuvers that can be developed through practice. Even optimism needs to be practiced every now and then.
Thursday, March 24 at 10:47am
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