Archifutures Vol. 5: Apocalypse
The fifth volume of Archifutures – a publishing project by dpr-barcelona and edited by &beyond is finally out and will soon be available in bookstores across Europe. With essays, interviews and projects by young practitioners and experts, Archifutures Vol. 5 deconstructs and remolds the notion of “apocalypse” – to neutralise its drama and to reconsider what it means to live in an age of revelation. What are the futures that these young practitioners aim to reveal? What are the new prototypical mechanisms of resilience and survival under construction as we speak? How will they manifest themselves in the built environment?
Archifutures Vol. 5 contains seven sections of guidelines that are intended as a provocation for architects to share them, work with them, improve them, and – above all – use them to help build a better future:
Everyday End of the World – Climate change, resource shortages, disasters and mass migration: for millions around the world living under apocalyptic conditions is an everyday reality. We all need to recognise that fact and adapt our thinking accordingly.
Adapt and Survive – The reality of the apocalyptic condition is quite mundane. Surviving it is not about building bunkers, it is about changing our approach and building resilience in an everyday way. This is where architects come in.
Radical Hope - Reactionary politics rely on a pessimistic view of the future. It is an inflexible stance that does not encourage new solutions. To hope for a better future is thus a radical act. Real change can only come with hope.
Between Consensus and Dissent – An ongoing apocalyptic process requires constant negotiation. If reached, consensus may not last. But dissent and conflict are two different things. There are many benefits to agreeing to disagree.
Progressive Degrowth – The deconstruction of inefficient and exploitative systems in the present is much better than reconstruction after they have failed. Growth can no longer be the ultimate aim. It’s time for us to acknowledge and embrace the limits.
Interdependent Individuality – The technologies of the digital age are not inherently problematic, they are tools that can be used for oppression, but also empowerment. We can recode and redistribute our technological intelligence into technological agency.
Our Futures – The Apocalypse is typically understood as a radical moment of change, after which things will never be the same. Architects must seize this apocalyptic moment to help construct new futures for everyone.
Contributors include: Bora Baboci, Maite Borjabad, Eduardo Cassina, Trajna Collective, DOMA, Liva Dudareva, Stefan Gruber, Jason Hilgefort, METASITU, Anh-Linh Ngo, Phi, RESOLVE, Skrei, Anastassia Smirnova, Space Transcribers, TAB Collective, Tania Tovar Torres, Stephan Trüby, the Unfolding Pavilion team and many more.
Edited by George Kafka, Sophie Lovell and Fiona Shipwright, &beyond
A self-organizing structure based on an algorithm that generates personalized housing units.
33 pupils 7-13 y.o. made their theories about the future of Minsk and it's architecture
Multiscalar bodily architectures exceed the limits of gender and power towards their own futures.
The idea is to prove a simple lo-tech system that detoxicates and depolutes indoor environments by means of a special material combined with few climatizing devices.
The short film Coastland envisions an ambitious and optimistic yet somewhat defective architecture.
The Political Church
THE POLITICAL CHURCH calls for the necessity of a productive space of conflict and contemporary architectural tools
Foreign Architecture as Domestic Policy
FADP represents an exercise in branding a nation and securing a market for a country’s exports.
Scenographies of Power
A critical view on how architecture materializes legal frameworks and political apparatuses.
“Black Islands” delves into the influence of new ways of describing reality in the generation of new landscapes, borders and appropriation processes.
Institute for Autonomous Urbanism
The disruptive developments of dispersed infrastructure frames a moment in time where we can fundamentally reconceive of how we make, fund, and even conceptualize the world that surrounds us and how we engage with the possibilities of a new Autonomous Urbanism
Architecture vs Politics
Architecture should take a role in criticising political habits that influence the built environment and social life.
Can we employ the symbolic and material qualities of invasive plants to create thriving landscapes of multispecies coexistence?
In Articulo Mortis
After death, architecture is no longer a building, but a story to be told.
DOMA is a blockchain-based, affordable housing platform that turns its users into home owners
DeGrowth Institute sources collective knowledge about the future of shrinking cities.
Transcribing the Extraordinary of the Ordinary within the Roma community of Braga´s Social Housing Neighbourhoods
Phi is a platform that connects people in remote off-grid communities to clean, low-cost energy improving their living conditions.