'Architecture on the Air' is a project for the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale by The Architects on Triple R
(Stuart Harrison, Simon Knott, Christine Phillips and Rory Hyde). Invited as part of the Formations: New Practices in Australian Architecture
exhibit in the Australian pavilion, we chose to perform our radio show live throughout the first week of the Biennale. We constructed a mobile radio trolley, complete with mics, headsets, mixing desk, transmitter and aerial - all running off-the-grid on a car battery - allowing us to broadcast on a local FM frequency with a range that covered most of the giardini in Venice.
* 'Architecture on the Air' at roryhyde.com/blog
* Listen to our interview with Monocle Radio
(mp3, starts at 31.00)
* Mentioned by Robert Bevan in The Australian
* Check out our new website - radioarchitects.org
* Listen to our live broadcast from Venice
on Triple R.
Future Practice: Conversations from the Edge of Architecture
New book by Rory Hyde exploring emergent roles for architects in the 21st century. Published by Routledge and Taylor & Francis, 2012.
Designers around the world are eagerly carving out opportunities for new kinds of engagement, new kinds of collaboration, new kinds of design outcomes, and new kinds of practice; overturning the inherited assumptions of the design professions. This book presents seventeen conversations with practitioners from the fields of architecture, policy, activism, design, education, research, history, community engagement and more, each representing an emergent role for designers to occupy. Whether the "civic entrepreneur," the "double agent," or the "strategic designer," this book offers a diverse spectrum of approaches to design, each offering a potential future for architectural practice.
- Bruce Mau
- Indy Johar, Architecture 00:/
- Reinier de Graaf & Laura Baird, AMO
- Mel Dodd, muf_aus
- Wouter Vanstiphout, Crimson
- Camila Bustamante
- Steve Ashton, ARM
- Matt Webb, BERG
- Bryan Boyer, Helsinki Design Lab
- Todd Reisz
, on consultants
- Marcus Westbury, Renew Newcastle
- DUS Architects
- Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
- Conrad Hamann
, on Robin Boyd
- Liam Young, Unknown Fields
- Arjen Oosterman & Lilet Breddels, Volume
- Natalie Jeremijenko, Environmental Health Clinic
"This book offers a set of half-drawn blueprints, half-formed thoughts, tentative experiments, contingent structures, and false memories of alternative trajectories; in other words, perfect material to prototype the new edges of architecture with."
- Dan Hill
, from the foreword.
Available now on Amazon.co.uk
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Editor: Wendy Fuller / Design: Sam de Groot / Transcription: Jude Crilly / Cover photo: Liam Tickner
We once had a very direct relationship to our energy use, as with most animals today, it was directly related to our metabolic rate. Asleep we require about 90 watts of energy to ‘run’, to subsist in the Amazon as a hunter gatherer requires about 250 watts. With the rise of civilisation and technology, the modern middle class human in the developed world requires around 11,000 watts to live, which, as physicist Geoffrey West “is more watts than a blue whale … the biggest animal that has ever existed.”
Today we associate guilt with our energy footprints. In the post-carbon world of New Order we may instead embrace our animal avatars, giving them names and identities of their own. Come and introduce yourself.
In collaboration with Katja Novitskova
Hosted by Mediamatic
Part of New Order
, an event and exhibition series on energy, economy and art in a post-carbon world. From March 9 to May 6 2012
Thanks to Hsien Yu and Carlos for helping build it.
Photos: Simone Schoutens
is an exhibition and series of public programs curated by Rory Hyde and Katja Novitskova
in Amsterdam, winter 2011-12.
The energy crisis has been solved, and the climate crisis is a non-issue. The world looks very different to ours, and yet seems normal to those who live in it.
In this post carbon world, energy is understood not as merely electrical power but in all its various stages and phases: mineral, organic and cultural. It can be compared to the new and social media of today; as a form of currency.
will explore the implications of energy's new role in our daily lives. How does it influence our interaction with the city, with public and private power structures, with products, art, and other crossing points of energy and social values?
Participating Artists: DUS
, Martti Kalliala
, Chris Lee
, Femke Herregraven
, Liam Young
, Sascha Pohflepp
A catalogue for the show has been published as a special insert in Volume magazine: Centres Adrift
. It features all the projects in the show, plus a catalogue essay, a new text on Martti Kalliala's Radiant Beach by German novelist Ingo Nierman, an interview with Chris Lee and Femke Herregraven by Marc Tuters, and an essay by Sascha Pohlflepp titled 'Pre-Enactment'.
For more information see www.mediamatic.net/NewOrder
Shortlisted submission for the role of Creative Director of the Australian Pavilion at the 2012 Venice Architecture Biennale. Collaboration with Justine Clark and Kate Rhodes.
‘Opportunistic’ is defined as ‘taking immediate advantage, often unethically, of any circumstance of possible benefit.’ It is also related to the word ‘opportunity’, or ‘a chance for success or advancement’.
It is between these two definitions – one devious and one admirable – that the Opportunistic Architect operates. Opportunistic Architects ‘do not wait for the phone to ring’. They are pro-active, entrepreneurial, nimble, industrious, intelligent and ambitious. Opportunistic Architects are motivated both by a latent urge to ‘do good’ – increasingly prevalent among architects today – but also by the need to make money, the will to succeed, and to see their visions realized.
The Office for Opportunistic Architecture is a temporary, productive office housed in the Australian Pavilion. It is simultaneously an ‘office’ and ‘exhibition’, exhibiting people at work and the work they create, by hosting teams of Australian architects working on the key spatial challenges facing Australia today. It offers a chance to step outside of standard practice frameworks and explore the social agency of architecture.
Rory Hyde Projects was awarded in the 2011 UTS Open Agenda
research architecture prize for the project 'Potential Futures for Design Practice'.
This submission builds upon research in progress into practitioners occupying emergent roles at the edge of architecture and design, and seeks to develop these ideas visually in the form of posters.
One of the unspoken assumptions underlying these ‘potential futures’ is that they are positive
. But what if the responsibility that these new roles entailed were to be misused? As such, each new role is bracketed by a positive and a negative slogan - competing manifestos that question the direction these roles could take.
The backgrounds to these posters are formed from images from the ‘real’ world - not of design’s rarified bubble - but of protest, nature, crisis and the surging city in all it’s complexity. Overlaid on these images are architectural proportional systems including the golden spiral and Le Corbusier’s Modulor. The mismatch between these supposed ‘systems of control’ and the images they accompany illustrates the vanity of architects’ attempts to impose order on the necessarily chaotic and uncontrollable world.
Architects of the future will need to look beyond the formal and proportional to deploy skills of politics, economy, social engagement, marketing and diplomacy if they are to enact meaningful change.
Exhibited at Sydney's Customs House Gallery from the 19th of October 2011. Thanks to Anthony Burke and Rebecca Thomas at UTS. Installation photo by Peter Murphy.