Architectures of the Near Future: Architectural Design

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Nic Clear
Wiley, Oct 12, 2009 - Architecture - 136 pages
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In this highly pertinent issue, guest-editor Nic Clear questions received notions of the future. Are the accepted norms of economic growth and expansion the only means by which society can develop and prosper? Should the current economic crisis be making us call into question a future of unlimited growth? Can this moment of crisis – economic, environmental and technological – enable us to make more informed choices about the type of future that we want and can actually achieve? Architectures of the Near Future offers a series of alternative voices, developing some of the neglected areas of contemporary urban life and original visions of what might be to come. Rather than providing simplistic and seductive images of an intangible shiny future, it rocks the cosy world of architecture with polemical blasts.
  • Draws on topics as diverse as synthetic space, psychoanalysis, Postmodern geography, post-economics, cybernetics and developments in neurology.
  • Includes an exploration of the work of JG Ballard.
  • Features the work of Ben Nicholson.

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About the author (2009)

Nic Clear is a qualified architect who teaches at the Bartlett School of Architecture and University for the Creative Arts Canterbury. He ran his own company, Clear Space, for many years before setting up the now defunct General Lighting and Power whose work covered everything from architecture to pop promos, and from advertising campaigns to art installations. He spends the rest of his time writing fiction and making drawings and films.

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