What role might architecture—and the architect—play in the twenty-first century? What possibilities arise when we view architecture as a form of agency rather than as a collection of objects? What spatial dynamics emerge when we turn our practices away from the dictates of the neoliberal era with its obsession with growth and skimming off profit? Since 2018, Making Futures has sought ways to answer these questions through practice-based research across disciplines, institutions, and territories. In schools, workshops, and other educational formats, Making Futures has explored modes of city-making based around diverse forms of knowledge exchange: assembling, constructing, baking, recycling, dancing and more. The Making Futures publication lays outlines the experiences of this action research and the ideas it urges. It proposes a refreshed understanding of architectural practice as a collective process and as a resource.
Making Futures is a practice-based research project initiated in 2018 as a collaboration between raumlabor and the Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). Making Futures is: Markus Bader, Juan Chacón, George Kafka, Anna Kokalanova, Christof Mayer, Tatjana Schneider, Rosario Talevi