While I always felt architecture should surpass the purely functional and aesthetic, this idea became stronger over the years. read more
On 26th October 2015 we have been invited to express our anger at a conference held at the Bocconi university in Milan, on the subject of the uncertain, shifting world of freelance workers. We are happy to report that our ideas have been dismissed as ideological and provocative by the president of INPS.
We hope he did not mean it in a good way.
On the 9th of June 2015, the fierce team that manages Gizmo organised at Politecnico in Milan a symposium with an ambitious title: Backstage, Architecture as concrete practice.
Incautiously they invited Multitude to present the findings published with On Work. And so we did, sparking what could only be described as the first sign of a quite revolution.
All the spontaneous responses to the last question of the survey carried out in 2012.
for I have sinned.
I have sinned of straight lines and flat roofs.
I have sinned of strip windows and free plan.
I have sinned of taking this discipline far too seriously, when everyone else around me just isn’t.
I have sinned of spending the night at the office, of staying in front of a screen for weeks,
of not speaking to anybody. I have sinned because I had a complicate relationship with a layer in Photoshop.
I have sinned of thinking the salvation of this world relies on our mice, on our shared folders and 3D models. I thought the key to success was somewhere in the server.
I have sinned because I gave up on my civil rights for the sake of design thinking that, one day, it will pay back, with credits.
I have sinned of missing the opportunity of living, because I had to find the right gradient between two hatches. Their transparency was also one of my concerns.
I have sinned of granting authority to self appointed prophets of the idea, of believing they were smart, when all they did was filling the room with their voice. read on…
‘Vacant NL’ was the title of the exhibition for the Dutch pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2010.
The exhibition has conceptually summarized a research highlighting unused and empty public buildings all over The Netherlands, while proposing strategies for temporary reuse. After 5 years and two other Biennales, the theme of vacant space is still of utmost importance in The Netherlands. Perhaps, Rotterdam is the most afflicted city due to its post-industrial attitude. However, vacant industrial spaces are coupled by a whole array of empty office buildings, which spread throughout the city center.
In 2014, Rotterdam was crowned best city in Europe at the Urbanism Awards and a recent interesting online article describes Rotterdam’s post WWII renaissance (Dafne.com), while highlighting some major issues still affecting its urban environment.
During an afternoon of the last year, we crossed Rotterdam city center collecting a series of photos that clearly testifies how much vacant space is out there. Our focus has been mainly on office spaces to rent. read on…
This first issue of Amplifier collects the heroic efforts of young architects to ignite a revolution during their spare hours.
The author of the attempt is 18Oktoberdam, a temporary collective of young architects who met in December 2011 in an attic apartment somewhere in the West of Rotterdam.
Most of them were working for low salaries, despite, they claimed, their talent and dedication. They were, and still are, determined to change things.
18Oktoberdam organized an online survey to gather information on working conditions in the field of Architecture. The result (170+ entries) is a showcase of individuals who have struggled to find a way in a mutating market. Their stories come as a wake-up call to all workers in the field. read on…
On 22 and 23 of May 2014, multitude was showcased at Off the Press, during the international conference Digital Publishing Toolkit. The intrusion was possible thanks to the tentacular, efficiently reaching hands of the Institute of Network Cultures. read on…
Fundamentals are necessary.
Fundamentals are all an architect needs and can afford.
Fundamentals are not cool, they are cold and hard like the floor.
They are a mattress on that floor, a laptop on the mattress and a bottle of brown liquid, easy access to inspiration, cure to insomnia and, if you keep the empty, meter of your career.
Everything else is accessible thanks to the little hands that assembled the screen, virtual friendships, knowledge, entertainment for a monthly fee and home delivered meals.
Fundamental is to be light at heart and belongings, to pack quickly, to go to goodbye parties more than lectures, to write down passwords and to speak another language.
Fundamental is a degree, just as fundamental was the horse, before the invention of the motor.
Fundamental is your battery charger.
The elevator got stuck between the 32nd and the 33rd floor.
35 minutes had already passed. A voice from the speakers said that the personnel was sorry for the inconvenience and that he had just to keep calm and to kindly wait until the technicians would have fixed the problem, there was nothing to worry about, “you-are-safe-sir”. There was a little beep and then the music started over again: it was a never ending loop of three Celine Dion’s songs of which he was unintentionally memorizing part of the lyrics.
The elevator was one of those glass capsule designed in the 80s, with a dark gray moquette and some blue light spots in the false ceiling. From there he could look at the city skyline and at the little white sails randomly scattered between the island and the cost of the hazy bay.The air-conditioning system had stopped working with the black-out and it was starting to get warmer. He unknotted the tie and he sat on the floor looking down at the people walking on the sidewalks and at the cars starting and stopping at the crossroad. He could also see his fixie, that he had locked in front of the starbucks at the corner of the street. He was happy that it was still there.
His iPhone started vibrating in his pocket, it was his mother. He waited a bit, staring at the screen, then he decided to answer: