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Dwelling on the Future

Architecture of the Seaside, Middle England and the Metropolis

Pierre d'Avoine

ISBN: 9781787350533

Publication: October 01, 2020

Series: Design Research in Architecture

What is this?
Dwelling on the Future focuses on the design of dwellings and their varied environments, and questions how an architect responds to the challenge of providing humane places in which to live for a growing, multifarious population in an increasingly divided world. The issue is never just housing. People – individuals, groups and societies – can and do have different goals and aspirations. Is it possible to imagine and implement a world in which a level of comfort and stability is available for even the poorest members of societies?

Pierre d’Avoine covers a wide range of examples, including proposals for luxury housing and designs for low-cost dwellings, which all address the needs and desires of their potential inhabitants. He explores an inclusive approach to the design of settlements – and not just in cities – that recognises difference, an approach that demands a fresh political vision to resolve humanity’s increasing inequality, for the benefit of all. D’Avoine asks if we can respond with optimism to the Kabakovs’ mordantly titled installation ‘Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future (2001)’. While this was perhaps a statement of fact in Russia and elsewhere in the Soviet Union during the Cold War, it is implicit, and ever more so, in the West today.

Praise for Dwelling on the Future 

‘In the modern world, with its growing speed and increasingly widespread clip-based thinking, it is rare to find an architect's book about architecture in which text prevails over images. … Dwelling on the Future is also unusual in that it is based not on a text by the architect about his projects, but on a series of interviews with those who were involved in them. …The book should be of interest to anyone who is curious about the origins of architectural ideas, projects and the process of their implementation.’
Gleb A. Sobolev

'‘The ultimate problem for the profession is that of setting out the possibilities and choices in building and environment.’
- Architect and educator Leslie Martin (1967)

In this valuable book[the] projects, individually and in sum, are ‘possibilities and choices’ for housing in the 21st century.'  
Buildings & Cities

Pierre d’Avoine is an architect and teacher based in London. Pierre was born in Bombay, India in 1951. He set up Pierre d’Avoine Architects in 1979 and studioDA with Pereen d’Avoine and Nilesh Shah in 2017. Pierre and Pereen teach MArch Unit 14 at the Cass School of Architecture. Pierre has also taught at Bath School of Architecture and at the AA. Pierre has been Visiting Professor at the Welsh School of Architecture and at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen. Pierre practices, teaches and exhibits internationally. He published Housey Housey: A Pattern Book of Ideal Homes with Clare Melhuish in 2005.

Foreword

Acknowledgements

Introduction

The Seaside

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

Pleasure Holm at Birnbeck Island

Crowcombe Court

Bengough’s House

Middle England

Glastonbury Houses

A Counterproposal for Belper

Swaythling Housing

Sixty Houses for Crouches Field

Patterns for Letchworth: from Garden City to Patchwork City

The Metropolis

House+Garden+House

Rocket Room: Pencil Tower

Pembury Octagon

References

Index

‘In the modern world, with its growing speed and increasingly widespread clip-based thinking, it is rare to find an architect's book about architecture in which text prevails over images. … Dwelling on the Future is also unusual in that it is based not on a text by the architect about his projects, but on a series of interviews with those who were involved in them. …The book should be of interest to anyone who is curious about the origins of architectural ideas, projects and the process of their implementation.’


  Gleb A. Sobolev, Project Russia

'‘The ultimate problem for the profession is that of setting out the possibilities and choices in building and environment.’
- Architect and educator Leslie Martin (1967)
In this valuable book[the] projects, individually and in sum, are ‘possibilities and choices’ for housing in the 21st century.'  
Buildings & Cities

 

Format: Open Access PDF

370 Pages

516 colour illustrations

Copyright: © 2020

ISBN: 9781787350533

Publication: October 01, 2020

Series: Design Research in Architecture

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