On Us

  1. 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.

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  2. Backstage

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    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.

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  3. 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. (more…)

     
  4. Off-the-press

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    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. (more…)

     
  5. take action

    Result­ing from a pre­vi­ous col­lab­o­ra­tion, we found our­selves with some high qual­ity prints pro­mot­ing our very own Mul­ti­tude­Film­Fes­ti­val We then had to make a choice: Keep them rolled up along with the poster of Iggy Pop and Tom Waits hav­ing cof­fee, or stick them to the wall right in the hearth of Rotterdam´s cre­ative headquarter.

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  6. It’s Alive!

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    mul­ti­tude is irre­ducible mul­ti­plic­ity, what­ever that means. col­lec­tive.
    Born from an acute sense of dis­tress, it’s not get­ting any bet­ter.
    It speaks about Archi­tec­ture, but it also speaks about Architecture.

    (more…)

     

Latest Comments

94Maggie

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

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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.

slartibartfast

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. :)

slartibartfast

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

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agata

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 :)

agata

on Survey

2015-03-22 17:52:22

brilliant, thanks a lot.

Conrad Newel

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

2015-03-22 11:32:20

Hi This is Conrad Newel. The question should be why would this project manager think that anyone would want to take a job under such horrendous conditions? There are in fact lots of compelling reasons! The economy of the starchitecture profession is such that value is not just simply a matter of money in exchange for labor. There is symbolic value in working for a firm like SAANA. They know it, the hundreds of students that bombard them with CV's asking for internsips know it, the whole architecture profession knows it. So this should not be as draw dropping as everyone seem to be making it out to be. There is a whole culture and system of symbolic values that made such a situation and such an email possible. And everyone is culpable here, from the people who award the prestigious prizes, the schools that invite and celebrate starchitects, the magazines that publish them, and the centers of architectures around the world that put their works on a pedestal. I wrote more about it here in this post. http://famousarchitect.blogspot.com/2015/02/103-unpopular-proposal-argument-for-why.html I am playing devil's advocate here with tongue firmly in cheek. But it outlines some of the more compelling reasons why this is a fanatically attractive offer for any student who wants to assimilate the world of high architecture. And until this culture changes, this event will be a temporary glip of outrage until another starchitect firm gets careless and makes another fuck up of an email.

Robert Shimer

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

2015-03-20 22:04:47

I hope the applicant replied, thanks for nothing I can starve at home , and I doubt I would learn that much there except how to take advantage of others for my personal gain. I hope to provide my architecture as art to make the world a better place, not make my self rich on the backs of others

Starchitecte cherche stagiaire exploitable et corvéable à merci. | L'Abeille et l'Architecte

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

2015-03-19 11:40:20

[…] par le site Multitiude, en novembre 2013, mais ressortie des tréfonds d’internet cette semaine, une […]

Colt Sievers

on Survey

2015-03-18 14:27:32

Hi Agata, the survey ended up in a digital publication that is available online on ISSUU, below the link: http://issuu.com/multitude/docs/amp_0000_2014