book | Agenda : Julien de Smedt Architects

Agenda : Julien de Smedt Architects / [editors, Jesse Seegers... et al.].
Barcelona : Actar, 2009.
544 p. : il.

ISBN 9788496954984*
Julien de Smedt Architects.
Arquitectura - Siglo XXI.
Biblioteca A-72 SMEDT AGE

"Agenda" is an architecture book that occupies the territory between a monograph, a diary, and a collection of essays, interviews, and conversations. At its most harmless "Agenda" is a catalog of 365 days, like a diary or journal: a collective narrative, personal and subjective. It documents the work and thinking of JDS Architects over a specific year marked by crisis, beginning on September 15th, 2008, the day that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The form of the book exploits the double meaning of its title, presenting the absurdities of day-to-day architectural practice while also staking our intent.

Rather than a definitive direction, our agenda is a definitive attitude - of eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism, of criticality and concern, of fun and inquiry. It is a directive, a motivation to act, at times without clear knowledge of where our agenda will lead. “Change,” the buzzword of the last U.S. presidential campaign, is the order of the day, and the task of "Agenda" is to explore what kind of change will be needed if architects are to assume a political and social agency in this new landscape.
Bringing together diverse forms of content, "Agenda" is a product of vigilant observation, introspection, and engagement with outside thinkers and collaborators - artists, curators, politicians, authors, economists, journalists, developers, educators, and architects.

Contributions from: Hans Ulrich Obrist, Lars von Trier, Bruce Sterling, Ernesto Neto, Pascal Smet, Michael Speaks, Geoff Manaugh, Brendan McGetrick, Barbara Vanderlinden, Sozyone Gonzalez, Angelo Consoli, Bruno Brunet, Hans Ibelings, Tom Avermaete, Robert Winkel, Eric Corijn, Roland Legrand, Hugh Maaskant, Cleon Peterson, Albert Ravestein, Seleção Brusseleira.

Agenda Book Launch: A book by JDS Architects
Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2009-12-10 

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