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Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation No. 4

  • In an exciting collaboration with the Design Museum, ‘Manifestos: Architecture for a New Generation’  highlights the work by 10 emerging voices in architecture, who have each been nominated by  established names in the profession, for their impact on shaping a new future for London. Responding to the defining challenges facing young people in London today, this new generation of architecture voices pushing the boundaries of what architecture can be, who London is for and what its future holds.
  • In a series of visionary manifestos, the chosen 10 share alternative visions for the capital’s urban landscape, prioritising collaboration, dialogue, learning and action in response to the real material and social conditions of a city in flux. Check back every Wednesday and Saturday for more.

 

Chris Hildrey (nominated by Justin McGuirk)

 

In the creative industries, architecture stands alone for the degree to which it’s imposed upon those who use it. We get to decide the products we buy and the clothes we wear but the experience of those places we live, work, wander, and dwell is typically determined by an accrued legacy of prior decisions.

This gives rise to an implicit duty on those who shape the built environment: that they do so in a way that protects the interests of those who live in it and prevents the marginalisation of those who face its effects most acutely. But there is also opportunity: addressing this concern requires non-traditional models of practice. By looking beyond buildings and unbinding its interventions from the medium of their result, the profession has the potential to create a more appropriate and impactful city for those due to live with them.

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