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PUBLICATION IN THE AIT 12.2017
We are very pleased to announce that an article about manifantastic has been published in the student section of AIT 12.2017 on page 42.
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MANIFESTO TO SAVE ARCHITECTURE
You can purchase a copy of the Manifesto for 15€ in the online shop of Duplopress.
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DISCUSSION GROUP POSTPONED
Due to the unfortunate overlaps with the appointments of the IGMA, we would like to postpone our discussion from Wednesday, 18.01.2017 to:
Place and time remain unchanged:
17:00 o' clock in the Cafe Faust
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noun (pl. -ies)
Meaning: Safety precautions to control everyday life
A word creation from:
noun (pl. -ies)
Meaning: the activities involved in protecting a country, building or person
Meaning: Denoting a particular form of government, rule, or influence.
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„When asked what fantasy means to me, I answer: Fantasy is the search for a better world.“
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Dear interested people,
for the final elaboration of our manifesto we need your support and would like to discuss with you about your thoughts and criticism regarding the current situation of the architecture!
Therefore we would like to invite you to a first discussion, on Wednesday, 18.01.2017 from 17:00 o' clock in the Cafe Faust.
Therefore we would like to invite you to a first discussion,
on Tuesday, 24.01.2017 from 17:00 o' clock in the Cafe Faust.
We are very happy about your participation and support!
Perception - There is hardly any skill that is more significant to our work
as prospective architects than a sense for the contemporary and the space around us.
What kind of present are we living in today?
Firstly, our universal consumption animated by a constant overstimulation. We live in a highly dynamic age, shaped by abundance and profusion. Masses of waste develop around us - a steadily progressing rape of resources of our planet. Perversely, consumption is supposed to satisfy our longings. But what is it that we are longing for? What is it that our young generation wants to achieve? There is a general sense of disorientation.
Secondly, there is fear. The year is 2017: Each of us latently frightened, which is intensified by omnipresent precaution measures. The surrounding space is ornamented with cameras, warnings, fall protection, security staff and sprinkler systems. Safety arrangements are constantly made for us. Thus, we notice:
SAFETY GENERATES FEAR. .
Fear is a basic emotion. One, that has always proven to be effective in history, because only the creation of a constantly present fear can steer and manipulate our opinion. Our fear keeps us, ironically, calm while making us compliant. WAKE UP!
The listed observation bears the phenomenon of “SECURITOCRACY”: RULE OF SECURITY, the SURVEILLANCE OF THE PEOPLE. The result of the symbiosis between consumption and securitocracy is the numbing of the individual. This numbing is the last step to prohibit thoughts against the establishment as subtly as possible. We are not thinking actively! We are numbed. Perception - nothing is more decisive for the creative work than that! Contemporary architecture is a portrayal of our numbed state. We are forced to obey investors, DIN-standards and building codes for energy saving. We are expected to go along with a nod, be docile and reasonable. We as architecture students must not contribute our creative work to a steadily growing homogenisation of architecture. We must stop letting ourselves be oppressed by economic laws, when it is them that led to a homogeneous and entirely rational world. A world influenced by constant overstimulation along with an oversaturation of stimuli; where every individual’s sensory receptors are desensitised, which leads to the complete opposite, namely a sterile world without any stimulation that deprives people of their fantasy and thus their purest vitality.
You can notice this phenomenon with anyone that moves about in public spaces. The fact that even students act this way is all the more frightening: After all, students are supposed to be the origin of creativity and vitality. Students who are beware of letting their visions and fantastic ideas spark when thinking about their future in an architect’s office.
We must begin to position ourselves according to our future and the liability towards this society. It is solely up to us, for one thing is certain:
THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM, THEY ARE WHAT WE ARE.
- ARCHITECTURE IS ART
- IDEAS MUST ALWAYS BE EXPRESSED, REGARDLESS OF FEAR OF REJECTION
- DO NOT RELY ON TEACHINGS OF AUTHORITIES. BECOME AUTODIDACTS.
- WE DETEST DOGMAS AND STANDARDS THAT SUPPRESS OUR FANTASY
- WE WILL NOT LET OURSELVES BE OBLIGATED BY ECONOMIC LAWS
- WE MUST OPPOSE THE HOMOGENISATION AND RATIONALISATION OF ARCHITECTURE
- WE DEMAND DANGEROUS ARCHITECTURE
Architecture is art; only when it is art, it is political. It is more than just a scientific discipline. It is a creative and artistic involvement of the self and the contemporary. The architect is in constant communication with their surroundings. Stimuli are sensed and interpreted as a design. However, being in a state of overstimulation and unconsciousness has serious consequences for our creative processes. The result is monotony! One that can be read from the faculty. The works of us as students often have a similar design vocabulary and an aesthetic that is tolerated by the faculty. Monotony is a great issue as you need a state of stress for exercising creative activities. We are composing our own world, thus it is all the more important to position yourself, become active, read and grapple with all different kinds of art.
Universities, especially, have to be a space where we are free to manifest our fantastic ideas and visions. We shall set ourselves the standard to express new ideas, courage and volition. Transferring and expressing thoughts and visions with heart in the work is a highly sensitive process. It makes you vulnerable. It creates states of stress that are important for the architectural dialogue. We must have the courage to show our core. Teachers may serve as guides, however should not predetermine our paths. This aspect is reflected by our society. The prevalent “securitocracy/ securicracy” made the realisation of the social and political situation virtually impossible. The result is an entirely disorientated and torn nation in which each person looks after themselves. We live in our microcosms, thriving for a career, regardless of the consequences. Ignorance towards our environment contributed to the frustrating condition of today. Ignorance towards our environment has led to ignorant architecture.
For creating states of stress we need a change of perspective and boundary crossing. This does not mean that we do not value the teachings of authorities. Yet, when realising that we have to accept a future that we do not agree with, we are taking a wrong path. Sudden ideas have to be documented, thoughts have to be thought through to the end, rather than suppressed. We have to hold on to our fantastic ideas with courage and pride. The ideas, as well as ourselves have to be worth it.
Contemporary architecture is a reflection of our numbed state. We are forced to obey investors, DIN standards and building codes for energy saving. We are expected to go along with a nod, be docile and reasonable. However, standards and laws curtail the creator of their purest intuition even before the process of creating has begun. Those willing to work as architects shall not let their fantasy and creativity be constrained by regulations. We demand that purest intuition be discussed, regardless of the faculty or the office. Standards must not shape architecture.
We are against “investor-based” architecture. It is an ignorant intrusion into our cities. We must not let investors force a certain type of architecture that is used as investments upon us. Despite capital allowing it, architecture has to be conscientiously created, while tailored to the city and its residents. Each individual architectural design has to develop a personal stand, which must be represented and discussed in a peaceful, but firm way.
Our creative work must not support such an occurrence. For the past decades, a style of architecture has been evolving that is increasingly homogeneous and overly analysed, while handling our environment more and more ignorantly and without a context. We must slow these processes down and treat continuity, history, space and time in a sensitive, aware and most notably creative way. The society has to relearn and become sensitised to the concept of architecture, the quality and factors that make architecture valuable. This should be the mission of every architect!
Architecture must be dangerous! Poor architecture is no better than hospitable, architecture is shaped by standards, ornamented with safety precautions and “investor-based” architecture. Poor architecture wants to maintain the numbed state and the rat race of the individual. Poor architecture also wants to let them consume, to prevent the development or even the realisation of active thoughts. The architecture we demand and need must be dangerous! It has to finally wake the individual up. It has to continue giving impulses that encourage reflection and action. It has to create an active exchange between the individual and their environment. Architecture is not only a roof over our heads, it is our third skin! It is an inherent part of our culture. We must become more courageous, emotional, imaginative, passionate, mysterious, extreme, recalcitrant, and mainly more dangerous! Not until then do we contribute our share to saving our passion, architecture.
You can purchase a copy of the Manifesto for 15€ in the online shop of Duplopress.In a collection box you will receive the prologue and points 1-7, as well as the epilogue, which includes a documentation of all campaigns.