“Architecture is a political act, by nature,” experimental architect Lebbeus Woods once remarked, “It has to do with the relationships between people and how they decide to change their conditions of living. And architecture is a prime instrument of making that change.” Architecture is the activity of imagination in changing place, and Changing Places is a showcase of work from architecture colleges across the world envisioning new relationships between people, buildings and place.
The work of the young graduates in Changing Places changes the boundaries of established thinking and practice in addressing problems such as changing climate, changing urban populations from migration, or changing how we think about the future of buildings where deconstruction and disassembly becomes as important as assembly and construction.
It’s a generation educated in architecture and design schools with the knowledge that changing places for the better is not at the expense of other life forms and landscapes.
The work of these young graduates demonstrates, that like Lebbeus Woods suggests, architecture is formative of a wider political and environmental ecology that’s why they also challenge the place and practice of the architect. Change in the 21st Century is a default – directing and shaping it in the built environment is the political imagination of the architect.
Changing Places displays the work of young graduates changing the boundaries between the possible and the impossible, liberating the unimagined future hidden by familiar practices and consensus. Changing places means changing futures.