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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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