While I always felt archi­tec­ture should sur­pass the purely func­tional and aes­thetic, this idea became stronger over the years. read more


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  1. Spritzker

    As archi­tects gather in Venice for the rit­ual open­ing frenzy, mul­ti­tude comes back and awards yet another prize to our man of the year.

  2. new welfare, or not.

    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.

    read on…

  3. Backstage

    backstage head

    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.

    read on…

  4. Forgive me Father


    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…

  5. Rotterdam te huur

    Wilhelminaplein te huur

    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…

  6. Amplifier #0000

    on Work NEW

    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…

  7. Off-the-press


    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…

  8. Fundamentals

    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.


    read on…

  9. Haze


    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:

    read on…


Latest Comments

multitude- multitude

on Survey

2015-04-01 13:27:31

[…] the spon­ta­neous responses to the last ques­tion of the sur­vey car­ried out in […]

Conrad Newel

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 18:10:56

@Colt Sievers I will be the first to agree with you on all counts. I would love to read that article. If you ever want to publish it on my blogg please do not hesitate to contact me.

Colt Sievers

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 16:58:10

@Conrad having worked in one of those offices that you mention, I have found your post as much provocative as naive and simplistic. I should make an entire post to explain why... will leave that for later. Thanks, anyway, to keep the discussion alive

Conrad Newel

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 16:45:07

Besides my terrible diction or lack thereof this raises another issue. Should we really feel outrage or sympathy for these interns? After all the ones who can afford to take these kind of jobs are the sons and daughters of the wealthy. What this letter is, is infact symbolic capital and social significance for sale. The rich kid can buy this piece of significance for among other reasons to go to a party and say to his less affluent counterpart, "hey I work for SANAA, or DS+R or whoever. Where do you work again?" Its a status symbol, just like a porsche, or a private jet. Affordable to a selected few that can afford it.


on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 16:33:21

right... irony or sarcasm in non-audible communication... a class of its own.

Conrad Newel

on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 15:54:17

@slartibartfast I think you are missing my specific sense of humor as agata pointed out. :)


on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-23 12:15:26

@Conrad Newel You are draw­ing quite a career minded sce­nario there in your post­ing, in an imag­i­na­tive world of glam­our and star­dom. If this image is, what keeps your engine dri­ving… fine. Oth­ers might have dif­fer­ent moti­va­tions work­ing in this pro­fes­sion, than brag­ging at a party about ones ‘cool’ employer. Isn’t archi­tec­ture about social issues in the first place, rather than build­ing sky­scrap­ers in Dubai? If interns are con­tribut­ing to an offices work­force and thereby to its suc­cess, they should be com­pen­sated accord­ingly, at least to cover bare exis­ten­tial needs, such as rent and food. Sim­ple thing.

multitude- multitude

on Amplifier #0000

2015-03-23 00:27:29

[…] On Work […]


on 12+ h. a day, 6/7 days a week

2015-03-22 18:00:15

@Conrad is this article you wrote on unpaid interns for real or do you just have very specific sense of humour? Same with your sexist article on female architects. Hopefully you are joking :)


on Survey

2015-03-22 17:52:22

brilliant, thanks a lot.