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Design Studio Vol. 5: Experimental Realism: (Design) Fictions and Futures: 2022

Author/EditorBarton, Gem (Author)
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
ISBN: 9781914124099
Pub Date01/06/2022
BindingPaperback
Pages144
Dimensions (mm)250(h) * 210(w)
An eclectic and exciting collection of articles and profiles that dive into a world of speculative design, social fiction and alternative models, exploring new responses to realistic future living conditions.
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The experimental provides architects with a vital means to test ideas and the untried.



Like authors and artists, architects harness the power of fiction to explore alternative models of society and push the boundaries of the possible. Though these imaginings can be influential aesthetically, like the prisons of Piranesi or the cities of Lebbeus Woods, they remain largely confined to paper or the screen - unbuilt.



By injecting the experimental with a new realism, however, speculative design has the potential to advance new inclusive, equitable and desirable futures.



Showcasing cutting-edge insight, this Design Studio volume advocates the inclusion of the visionary in the architectural design process. It explores the real-world application of near-future fantastical storytelling and the power of imaginative literacy.



Articles cover subjects such as plausible impossibilities, other worlds, terraforming, activism, democratising design, future innovations and education, to name but a few.



Departing from unrealistic utopian or dystopian visions, they empower plural design reactions in response to real-life scenarios.



What impacts might a generational wave of ethical non-monogamy have on the way we use space and the future design of our built environment? Or the introduction of a universal basic income? Or the ready availability of lab grown meat?



Thinking, imagining, designing, storytelling ... these are political acts.





How will you use your vote?



Features: Phil Balagtas, Nicolay Boyadjiev, Benjamin H. Bratton, Dana Barale Burdman, Tom Greenall, Anab Jain, Nicola Koller, Matteo Mastrandrea, Cesar Reyes Najera, Kathy Nothstine, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Anna Pompermaier, Ayesha Silburn, Phoebe Walton, Matt Ward and Liam Young.

The experimental provides architects with a vital means to test ideas and the untried.



Like authors and artists, architects harness the power of fiction to explore alternative models of society and push the boundaries of the possible. Though these imaginings can be influential aesthetically, like the prisons of Piranesi or the cities of Lebbeus Woods, they remain largely confined to paper or the screen - unbuilt.



By injecting the experimental with a new realism, however, speculative design has the potential to advance new inclusive, equitable and desirable futures.



Showcasing cutting-edge insight, this Design Studio volume advocates the inclusion of the visionary in the architectural design process. It explores the real-world application of near-future fantastical storytelling and the power of imaginative literacy.



Articles cover subjects such as plausible impossibilities, other worlds, terraforming, activism, democratising design, future innovations and education, to name but a few.



Departing from unrealistic utopian or dystopian visions, they empower plural design reactions in response to real-life scenarios.



What impacts might a generational wave of ethical non-monogamy have on the way we use space and the future design of our built environment? Or the introduction of a universal basic income? Or the ready availability of lab grown meat?



Thinking, imagining, designing, storytelling ... these are political acts.





How will you use your vote?



Features: Phil Balagtas, Nicolay Boyadjiev, Benjamin H. Bratton, Dana Barale Burdman, Tom Greenall, Anab Jain, Nicola Koller, Matteo Mastrandrea, Cesar Reyes Najera, Kathy Nothstine, Ethel Baraona Pohl, Anna Pompermaier, Ayesha Silburn, Phoebe Walton, Matt Ward and Liam Young.

Gem Barton is Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton. Gem has published on the subjects of gender and feminism, film and spatial production, narrative and story telling, reality and representation, career and enterprise, academia and teaching, interiors and architecture. Gem authored Don't Get a Job, Make a Job: How to Make it as a Creative Graduate (Laurence King, 2016).

In Other Worlds: Cities Shaped Like Fiction by Liam Young Plausible Impossibilities by Tom Greenall, Matteo Mastrandrea and Nicola Koller The Terraforming by Benjamin H. Bratton and Nicolay Boyadjiev Equitable and Desirable Futures by Gem Barton City-based Testbeds: Simulating Possible Futures in 'Real-world' Conditions by Kathy Nothstine A New Type of Design Education: Models, Materials and Futures By Matt Ward The Aesthetics of Misuse: Mitigating Excess by Ayesha Silburn Meet Me Halfway: An Exploration of Architecture Across Realities by Anna Pompermaier The Net Blvd by Dana Barale Burdman James v Birnmann: Designing a Never-Ending Legal Drama, in a World Judges Are No Longer Human by Phoebe Walton Experiments in Speculative, Critical Activism by Anab Jain Speculative Design and Emerging Practice: From Local Meetups to a Global Community by Phil Balagtas Future Architecture, A Beautiful Chaos by Cesar Reyes Najera and Ethel Baraona Pohl

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Highly recommended for own reading + teaching text
Wonderful work from Gem Barton. The book explores finding the inherent dystopias in utopia and poses stories and provocations that are experimental, imaginative, and innovative. Highly effective as a reading for undergraduate students, and a wonder real just for myself as well.
From: Emily | Date: 02/02/2024 17:20
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