Amplifier #0000

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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.

The hier­ar­chi­cal orga­ni­za­tion of the tra­di­tional office is eco­nom­i­cally unsus­tain­able when faced with real­ity. The urgency for renewal is unde­ni­able and the social sit­u­a­tion as a whole seems to be ready for a change.

Dur­ing the last decades, archi­tects have grown accus­tomed to a pre-determined career path. The media tends to describe the pro­fes­sion of Archi­tec­ture as a tale of lone­some egos. Work­ing archi­tects have failed to think of them­selves as a group. Young grad­u­ates are stuck between the need to work and the desire for inde­pen­dence.
Aware of the drama, Ampli­fier is will­ing to inves­ti­gate the cause and sug­gest, between its lines, a pos­si­ble way out.

This issue #0000 is where this search begins.

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94Maggie

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

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2015-04-01 13:27:31

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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.