57

Bye Default

October 2020
After the 24/7 economy, after the merging of private and social time and space, after work has become pervasive and ubiquitous, the next level is to masquerade work as play. It’s called the gamification of the workspace and it’s labeled as Playbor.

“We need to reimagine…”, “we need to reimagine…”. How many times have we heard these 4 words in the last 1000 zoom sessions? From coerced co-habitation to broken logistic flows, this locked-down world is neck-deep in spatial issues. Then why are architects, masters of spatial intelligence, left screaming their solutions underwater? In advertising they say: “The worst thing is doing the right thing and have nobody notice that you did it”. So enough with our imagination: we’ve imagined enough visions for enough futures. As good as they may be, our solutions are voiceless.

Credibility is a long process of mutual trust, and we must start by cleaning out our closet. In the attempt to protect the constituency, architects withdrew instinctively in identity: we grew fonder of our language and traditions, manias and phobias, elevating them to unquestionable dogmas; untested assumptions became the criterion to define who belongs to the pack. But little interest was ever dedicated to a self-critical analysis of our very own routines, operations, habits. Our defaults. But really: why another competition? Why another magazine? Why another all-nighter? Instead of balancing risk with return, we kept dispersing vital energies in efforts that would never pay off.

Credibility is a long process of mutual trust, and we must start by cleaning out our closet. In the attempt to protect the constituency, architects withdrew instinctively in identity: we grew fonder of our language and traditions, manias and phobias, elevating them to unquestionable dogmas; untested assumptions became the criterion to define who belongs to the pack. But little interest was ever dedicated to a self-critical analysis of our very own routines, operations, habits. Our defaults. But really: why another competition? Why another magazine? Why another all-nighter? Instead of balancing risk with return, we kept dispersing vital energies in efforts that would never pay off.

Contributors

Reinier de Graaf, Brendan Cormier, Jonathan Foote, Luigi Prestinenza Puglisi, Rem Koolhaas, Jacques Herzog, Peripheral Visions, Gilles Retsin, Molly Wright Steenson, Francesco Garutti, Nonprofessionals, Ole Bouman, Unfolding Pavilion, n’UNDO, Stephan Petermann. Volume Talks in conversation with: Fabrizio Gallanti, Marina Otero Verzier, Nick Axel, Sumayya Vally, Andreas Rumpfhuber, Andrea Bagnato, dpr-barcelona, Jonas Staal, Peggy Deamer, Blanca Pujals, Mollie Claypool, Aristide Antonas

Details

VOLUME 57: BYE DEFAULT
Editor in Chief: Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office (Irma Boom, Jan van der Kleijn)
72 pages, 33 x 24 cm
Soft cover

HERBARIUM OF INTERIORS
Editors: Javier Fernandez, Youri Kravchenko, Lilet Breddels, Arjen Oosterman
Designed by Irma Boom Office
64 pages, Soft cover

Herbarium of Interiors is a supplement to V57

Contents

Arjen Oosterman
Editorial: Agency
Effects
Charles Esche
The Culture Shock Concept Interview
Ole Bouman
The Agency of Biennials
Léa-Catherine Szacka
Bi/Tri-Ennials