“ATLAS of emerging practices” is a publication that provides an overview of the state of the architect’s profession, analysing themes, trends, projects, and methods that characterise the professional practice, and understanding this discipline through the research carried out with a selection of emerging architectural practices in the European territory.
ATLAS involved 95 emerging practices from 22 European countries in an online survey. Their responses were collected and further analysed in this publication. Following an introduction on the New Generations project and its evolution over the years, the publication develops in four main sections: organisation, business, media, and projects.
The “Organisation” section analyses different organisational structures, with diagrams and data highlighting the huge variety of configurations that reflect the array of different approaches used by the various firms. The section “Business” highlights various types of commissions —public, private, and unsolicited— ranging in budgets, scale, and program. “Media” introduces the potential of digital tools, not only for the online communication of the office’s activities, but also for the development of projects such as encouraging participation through social media, or managing the organisational aspects of the studio. The section “Projects” collects a selection of executed interventions by some of the participants of the ATLAS. The final chapter of ATLAS emphasises the need to rethink the architectural profession. Organisation, Business, Media, and Projects become central and inextricable themes to build a new generation of architects aware of their role in today’s society.
2- An introduction to New Generations
7- New conditions to rethink the architectural profession
8- Credits and biographies
TitleATLAS of Emerging Practices: Being an Architect in the 21st Century