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Architecture and Freedom: Searching for Agency in a Changing World


For decades, architects have seen their traditional role diminish in scope as more and more of their responsibilities have been taken over by other disciplines within the building construction industry.

In an attempt to find a way out of this crisis, there is growing debate about how architects might reassert the importance of their role and influence. This question is fundamentally about freedom, about whether architects still possess it – if they have ever done – and whether it is possible to find the professional, disciplinary and individual autonomy to be able to define the spheres of their own practice.

Presenting a variety of views and perspectives, this latest edition of Architectural Design (AD) takes us to the heart of what freedom means for architecture as it adapts and evolves in response to the changing contexts in which it is practised in the 21st century.

Featuring architects Atelier Kite, C+S Architects, Anupama Kundoo, Noero Architects, Umbrellium, and Zaha Hadid Architects, contributors to this issue include Phillip Bernstein, Peggy Deamer, Adam Nathaniel Furman, Kate Goodwin, Charles Holland, Anna Minton, Patrik Schumacher, Alex Scott-Whitby, Ines Weizman, and Sarah Wigglesworth.

Architecture and Freedom is available wherever books and ebooks are sold. 


Guest-edited by Owen Hopkins

Published by Wiley, April 2018

Paperback £29.95/ US$45.00/ EUR 36.00

ISBN: 9781119332633

About the guest-editor:

Owen Hopkins is a writer, historian and curator of architecture. He is Architecture Programme Curator at the Royal Academy of Arts where he mounts series of events, lectures, discussions and exhibitions on architecture and related subjects. His writings feature widely in the architectural press. He is the author of Reading Architecture: A Visual Lexicon (Laurence King, 2012), Architectural Styles: A Visual Guide (Laurence King, 2014), From the Shadows: The Architecture and Afterlife of Nicholas Hawksmoor (Reaktion, 2015) and Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture (Royal Academy Publications, 2016).


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