Currently, architect's creation is limited to designing esthetic spatial configurations. The project’s agenda, however, is already defined by the client: the program, the site, height restrictions, the budget, gross / net surface, energy values, etc.
Volume #14 – an architectural magazine by Archis + AMO + C-LAB + MIT … -presents the UNSOLICITED practice – an attempt to permit architects to reclaim their professional autonomy. How can architects switch from competent but powerless executors of assignments into entrepreneurs?
The magazine central part presents the Office for Unsolicited Architecture (OUA) founded by Ole Bouman and students of MIT. So what is “Unsolicited Architecture”? Think about architecture liberated from building:
- Find a new territory.
- Avoid clients, a site, a budget and a program.
- Design the architectural object, the marketing plan, the financing plan.
Although, Volume #14 features the portfolio of Unsolicited Architecture and a rich collection of examples (p.41-106), their implementation seems difficult. Do Unsolicited architects work out projects in advance? When there is no client - who will buy the designs? Maybe, the entrepreneurial architect has to be a risk-taker.