2020 - Fundamentals: Climate
Is architecture as we know it incompatible with our future? Underpinned as it is by the principles of growth and progress, architecture risks becoming ever more obsolete. The built environment is a significant cause of the climate and ecological crises, implicated in the economic systems that produced them. But could it be the solution? From the promises of technofixes to that debatable word 'sustainability' the next series of Fundamentals, hosted by writer and broadcaster Tom Dyckhoff, discusses the most urgent issue facing the planet today.
2019 - Fundamentals: Beauty
Beauty is back. The government’s “Building Better, Building Beautiful” commission has been established to put beauty at the top of the agenda: it hopes to reduce opposition to development by making new housing more amenable to public taste. But whose idea of beauty are they talking about? Is there a general public consensus on what is beautiful? Are architects disengaged from popular taste? And can the planning system possibly hope to regulate beauty? The third and final Fundamentals debate series looked to tackle these questions in the form of three public debates chaired by the Guardian's architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright.
2018 - Fundamentals: The Way We Work
From the rise of live projects and collaborative studios that engage with real development sites, to practice-based models of education that do away with the school all together, how can architectural education evolve to remain relevant? How can labour practices be reformed to avoid the architect's exploitation and extinction, or will an unregulated market ultimately correct itself? Is procurement too bureaucratic, risk-averse and a barrier to the best design? This Fundamentals symposium critically investigated architecture, education, and the building industry through the lens of ethical work practices.
2017 - Fundamentals: Debating the forces shaping London
With the population set to reach 10 million in the next decade, the capital is facing pressure like never before. The housing market is unattainable for many, land values have spiralled, industrial space is limited, and public art and landscaping are doing little to change the face of the city. This series presented work related to these concerns and was chaired by the Guardian's architecture and design critic Oliver Wainwright.
Alex Warnock-Smith, Urban Projects Bureau | Andreas Lang and Mara Ferreri, Notes from the Temporary City | Carolina Caicedo and Xavier Llarch Font, The Decorators Studio | Sarah Featherstone, Featherstone Young | Alicja Borkowska and Iris Papadatou, YOU&ME | Julia King, LSE Cities | Takeshi Hayatsu
Peter Barber, Peter Barber Architects | Helen Marriage, Artichoke | Andreas Lang, public works | Santiago Cirugeda, Recetas Urbanas | Catherine Ince, V&A East | Amanda Levete, AL_A | Jeanne van Heeswijk, Artist | Andrea Zimmerman, Artist | Antoine Picon, Harvard GSD | Verity-Jane Keefe, Artist | Mark Swenarton, University of Liverpool | Oliver Wainwright, Journalist
Prem Krishnamurthy, P! & Project Projects | Maria Smith, Studio Weave | Ines Weizman, Bauhaus Universität, Weimar/CASS | Justin McGuirk, Radical Cities, Strelka Press | Alex Chinneck | Marjetica Potrč | Sophia Psarra, UCL, Space Syntax.
Publica (Lucy Musgrave) | (not) AOC (Daisy Froud) | Studio8 (CJ Lim) | Ooze architects (Sylvain Hartenberg & Eva Pfannes) | Nils Norman | Crimson Architectural Historians/International New Town Institute (Michelle Provoost).
5th Studio (Tom Holbrook) | Assemble | DK-CM (David Knight + Cristina Monteiro) | 00: Architects (Alistair Parvin) | muf (Liza Fior) | Spacemakers (Tom James) | Markussen/Knutz | Peter Higgins | Teddy Cruz | EXYZT | Liam Young | Doina Petrescu | Nils Norman | Something and Son | Fred Deakin.