What is radical today? 40 positions on architecture
Royal Academy of Arts. London, UK
Curated by Gonzalo Herrero Delicado assisted by Rose Thompson
Exhibition design by How About studio
Graphic design by EACH London
Participants: Aaron Betsky and Jan Sobotka, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Alberte Lauridsen (EDIT), Andrea Branzi, Anna Heringer, Ateliermob, Bernard Khoury, Céline Baumann, Counterspace, Denise Scott Brown, Dong-Ping Wong with Virgil Abloh, Francis Kéré, Gaetano Pesce, Giorgia Scognamiglio and Lorenzo Zandri (Unsent Postcard), Guillermo López (MAIO), We Made That, Ian Ritchie, Izaskun Chinchilla, Jack Self (REAL), Janette Kim (Urban Works Agency), Kate Macintosh, OFFICE Kersten Geers David Van Severen, Liza Fior, Lucy McRae, Maria Smith (Interrobang), Mark Foster Gage, Matilde Cassani, Gramazio Kohler Research, Nic Clear, Patrik Schumacher (Zaha Hadid Architects), Paul Allen and CJ Lim (Studio 8 Architects), Peter Cook, Phineas Harper, Public Works, Sam Jacob, Sevince Bayrak and Oral Goktas (SO?), Stephanie Macdonald and Tom Emerson (6a architects), Teddy Cruz and Fonna Forman, Virginia San Fratello and Ronald Rael, and Xu Tiantian (DnA).
The 1960s and 1970s were tumultuous decades of political unsettlement and social upheaval. From the construction of the Berlin Wall and the French students’ riots of May 1968, to the Vietnam War and anti-nuclear protests, these years occupy a remarkable place in recent history. Radical ideas set out to unseat existing conventions and practices in various spheres of life, including architecture.
Over this period, a number of architecture practices and collectives emerged and challenged the visions established by modernist architects reclaiming, through their radical ideas, the transformative power of architecture to change lives, cities and thinking. Today it could be said we are living in a similarly turbulent period of global changes with environmental, political and social upheaval.
This exhibition questioned what today’s practitioners are responding to by inviting 40 emerging and established architects, artists and thinkers to present their visions of what is most radical in architecture today. From legendary names involved fifty years ago in the radical movement, such as Denise Scott Brown, Andrea Branzi, Gaetano Pesce and Peter Cook, to new and emerging practitioners, this display presented bespoke contributions by some of the most critical voices in architecture. More info here.