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.
"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.
Rory Hyde Projects is pleased to be featured in the Wallpaper* magazine 2010 Architects Directory. As part of this, we were commissioned to design a concept townhouse that captured the ideas of the studio and addressed pressing concerns of sustainability, flexibility and affordability. The result is called Many Happy Returns, a model for a house as public building.
The impending climate crisis has made environmental sustainability an essential demand of architecture. But we are now also facing a financial crisis, a crisis of social cohesion and a crisis of urban density. Could architecture also be used to address these other crises facing us today?
Many Happy Returns seeks to flip the concept of the house from being a drain on resources to a generator of social, economic and environmental value by introducing new uses and spaces into the standard envelope of the terrace house.
A community garden and public staircase for film screenings or meetings forms a social hub on the ground floor, generating natural customers for a small business in the adjacent private workspace. A self-contained apartment on the first floor can be leased out to supplement income, or incorporated as part of the main house. The upper floors accommodate a compact residence that presses out to the street with full-height windows.
By integrating a compact mix of public spaces, work spaces and residential spaces, Many Happy Returns acts as more than a private hideaway, but instead gives back to the whole neighbourhood. Every street should have one.
Al Manakh 2: Gulf Continued is a publication examining the architecture, urbanism, economy and society of the Gulf region. With 120 contributors, largely drawn from the region itself, Al Manakh 2 is an informed and comprehensive study of the Gulf just as its future is challenged by the financial crisis of 2009.
Newspaper ‘exclusively dedicated to threats to society’, produced for the exhibition The Living Room at Blindside Gallery, Melbourne, October 2009. Collaboration with Annie Wu, Curated by Tai Snaith.
Editorial: The Living Room is a place of comfort and safety. A private space, shared only with family and close friends, decorated with your own things. In your living room, you are in control, insulated from the threats of the world that lie beyond the front door.
But every day we voluntarily let this beast in. The newspaper, associated for so long with the simple pleasures of taking your time, drinking coffee and sitting peacefully in a comfy chair, is in fact a Trojan Horse filled with the reality of the outside world. This seemingly innocuous package of folded paper, thrown on our doorstep every morning, is filled with stories that threaten the very viability of the living room itself.
Instead of avoiding it, we should embrace it. Revel in the imminent apocalypse brought upon by global warming, pandemic flu or computer virus. To help you into this mindset, please take your complimentary copy of the only newspaper exclusively dedicated to threats to society. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Includes articles by Arjen Oosterman, Ilka and Andreas Ruby, Bavo and ZUS; Interviews with Alejandro Aravena, Kai Vöckler and Matthijs Bouw; plus new pieces including a catalogue of unsolicited projects, architects' block, the viability of unsolicited architecture and the infamous 12 steps to becoming an unsolicited architect.