The trouble with conferences is the imbalance between pontification and discussion. Speakers project their opinions, and panel sessions rarely succeed in a genuine conversation. We sought to redress this imbalance in response to an invitation to design an 'action' for the AIA conference in Sydney.
12 chairs with very large backs made from common building insulation are arranged to form a small interior in the foyers of the conference venue, providing a space for more intimate unpacking of ideas, far away from the stage. These chairs can be freely repositioned to form different sized clusters for different kinds of forums.
The backs of the chairs also formed an exhibition of the concept of Unsolicited Architecture, each presenting one of the 12 steps. In addition, the bootleg issue of Volume was tied to each chair, creating an informal reading room.
With Timothy Moore and Anneke Abhelakh. Thanks to Mel Dodd, Nicholas Braun and Qianyi Lim.
Designed by DUS Architects in collaboration with the Studio for Unsolicited Architecture (led by Rory Hyde and Anneke Abhelakh), the Bucky Bar is the first project to be realised as part of the Unsolicited Rotterdam project.
Bucky Bar Manifest
“Coming down with the Dow Jones, When the clouds come we gone, we Rocafella (…) under an umbrella.. ella ella”
Jay-Z -and Rihanna get it straight, in times of crisis, we need to find shelter. The umbrella is the simplest form of shelter, a personal, private, and dry space in a soggy world. If one umbrella is a private space, what happens when we join 10 together, or 100?
Buckminster Fuller showed us how minimal energy domes could open a way to a more environmentally sustainable future, could an umbrella dome lead the way to a more socially sustainable future?
The Bucky Bar is a full-scale model of such a future. A spontaneous public building made from the most common of materials, assembled with the resourcefulness and skill of architects. It shows the power of space for spontaneous gathering, for improvised shelters to host conversations, debates, games or even parties.
The Bucky Bar launches the DUS / SUA unsolicited agenda for the future of Rotterdam as part of the Architecture of Consequence exhibit at the Netherlands Architecture Institute.
The city is full of opportunities, and its inhabitants are full of ideas. But unless you’re the mayor, or have heaps of money, how do you get your ideas heard?
The municipality lets us know what they’re up to by creating billboards that announce their projects. We pasted over 5 of these signs with our own suggestions of how we could add to these projects, to make them more sustainable, more social and more exciting. To show our earnest dedication to these ideas, the following night we built the first, the Bucky Bar, a spontaneous public building made out of umbrellas right in the heart of Rotterdam’s Witte de With.
A public action by DUS Architects and the Studio of Unsolicited Architecture (led by Rory Hyde and Anneke Abhelakh).
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.