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Will Jennings

Will Jennings

http://www.willjennings.info/?page_id=777

London, United Kingdom
Will is an artist & writer interested in the intersections of architecture with politics, place, history and culture. His architectural writing explores some of the issues surrounding architecture & modern place-making to a wider audience, connecting unexpected ideas to find a place in between. Over recent years he was involved with the successful opposition to the proposed Garden Bridge development in central London, and occasionally lectures & teaches.

Future Histories


Our Current Situations & Responses, Through Time, Hindsight & Imagination

Future Histories


Our Current Situations & Responses, Through Time, Hindsight & Imagination
A series of occasionally intersecting future histories, looking back at where it all went right / all went wrong / all could have been different, using the work of six emergent creatives to explore our current near-future through the lens of environment, social cohesivity and urgency of response.
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  • Next alliances

Humanity faces a critical period. Twin threats of authoritarianism & climate breakdown will change our coming decades. Architecture alone can’t fight these threats, but it will be partner to all responsive strategies, & whatever the outcome of the growing struggles it will be central to the new world emergent on the other side - however that world is shaped, & who it is shaped for.

As an application for the callout for short story responses to Future Architecture Creative Exchange design ideas, my proposal consists of a series of written future histories, each from possible future worlds formed from the ongoing climate and political fights.

These future histories may be long or short, utopian or dystopian, personal or collective, pivoting around ideas evident in selected Creative Exchange projects. As warnings & callings from unknown futures, they are rippling mirages from increasing heat, textual fragments to consider the now and next.


A text may be long and thin, delicately connecting between here and there.

A text may be sprawling and melted, taking the shape of that which it interrogates.

A text may be abandoned, a discarded shell with its force spent, purpose fulfilled.

A text may be inviting, but terrifying, an opening to somewhere unencountered.

A text can disrupt and attack, eating away in a search through the skin.

Future Histories


Our Current Situations & Responses, Through Time, Hindsight & Imagination

Future Histories


Our Current Situations & Responses, Through Time, Hindsight & Imagination
A series of occasionally intersecting future histories, looking back at where it all went right / all went wrong / all could have been different, using the work of six emergent creatives to explore our current near-future through the lens of environment, social cohesivity and urgency of response.
File under
Type of project
  • Next alliances

Humanity faces a critical period. Twin threats of authoritarianism & climate breakdown will change our coming decades. Architecture alone can’t fight these threats, but it will be partner to all responsive strategies, & whatever the outcome of the growing struggles it will be central to the new world emergent on the other side - however that world is shaped, & who it is shaped for.

As an application for the callout for short story responses to Future Architecture Creative Exchange design ideas, my proposal consists of a series of written future histories, each from possible future worlds formed from the ongoing climate and political fights.

These future histories may be long or short, utopian or dystopian, personal or collective, pivoting around ideas evident in selected Creative Exchange projects. As warnings & callings from unknown futures, they are rippling mirages from increasing heat, textual fragments to consider the now and next.


A text may be long and thin, delicately connecting between here and there.

A text may be sprawling and melted, taking the shape of that which it interrogates.

A text may be abandoned, a discarded shell with its force spent, purpose fulfilled.

A text may be inviting, but terrifying, an opening to somewhere unencountered.

A text can disrupt and attack, eating away in a search through the skin.


Idea by

Will Jennings
Will Jennings
London
United Kingdom
Will is an artist & writer interested in the intersections of architecture with politics, place, history and culture. His architectural writing explores some of the issues surrounding architecture & modern place-making to a wider audience, connecting unexpected ideas to find a place in between. Over recent years he was involved with the successful opposition to the proposed Garden Bridge development in central London, and occasionally lectures & teaches.