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  • craigpurcell

    Certainly reusing (if only temporarily) existing urban fabric in deindustrialized rustbelt American cities and taking advantage of abandoned open space & streets are the places where the architectural revolution will begin.

    Property owners who are holding onto abandoned and vacant buildings which degrade the civic realm need a mindset change. Perhaps new forms of local financing need to happen that will go around the banking system per link below:

    Something has to change.

  • Marcus F

    Interesting article. Dieben's ideas on the future roll of architects reflect a drive towards towards interdisciplinary, socially aware and sustainable practice that seems to be taking place across the design professions.

    One problem though... what exactly is a "Neo-Idealist" architect? Even after some extensive googling I couldn't tell you if that means anything in the world of contemporary architecture.

    • Phillip Gangan

      Thank you very much for your kind words. Indeed, the architect profession is rapidly evolving, incorporating sustainability, conservation and social awareness in the quest for creative design solutions.

      To be honest, they themselves have coined the term "Neo-idealist" in relation to their practice. You could always ask them yourself ( I know for a fact that they will be more than happy to explain and to further the conversation on the future of architecture.