The Passion Industries

“On Saturday 13 October 2012, the RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture was judged in Manchester (winner: Stanton Williams’ Sainsbury Laboratory).  In anticipation, the Wednesday before, the BBC devoted an edition of its flagship arts programme The Culture Show to architecture.  It offered a review of the shortlisted buildings and reports on Building Design’s counter-award The Carbuncle Cup and the phenomenon of ‘self-building’ new homes privately (a practice, unsurprisingly, attracting substantial governmental support).  It concluded with a segment on new projects initiated by young architects in city spaces.  Reporter Oliver Wainwright noted: “In this recession the current generation of graduates is taking advantage of the glut of empty spaces to try out new ways of working”.[1]  Along with their creators’ relative youth, the chosen projects shared a basis in ‘pop-up’, ‘flexible’ or ‘found’ models of creation.  Many were located in some of the poorest parts of east London.  And many of the early projects conceived and produced by these self-starting young architects were built by people working for free.”

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