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.