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The Architects’ Adhocracy, Mobile Studio and Yesomi Umolu, London

[The Resourceful Architect] A 17-strong consortium investigating how much architectural and spatial agency can be achieved for a budget of £40 and within 40 minutes of thinking time

We propose an interdisciplinary network, The Architects’ Adhocracy, free of membership costs, bureaucracy or traditional office hierarchies and competitive structures. Within this framework, the veneration of the single visionary idea is put to rest.

The Architects’ Adhocracy bypasses big gestures and posturing rhetoric to consider small interventions and discrete propositions afforded with the nominal amount of £40, a figure set by the competition registration fee. Our brief goes further to question the value of labour in relation to economic value by asking network participants to generate their proposal within 40 minutes. This approach is aimed at advocating increased responsiveness and ‘fit for purpose’ architectural or spatial solutions.

The Architects’ Adhocracy’s future is now. As such it has solicited proposals that respond to present urgencies and are fully realisable within the given parameters.

The Architects’ Adhocracy has highlighted a series of urgent potential projects which we aim to carry through. For example, in the Finsbury Health Centre proposal, local people could be invited to participate in the cleaning of the building with donated cleaning products. The process would highlight the poor state of the Grade I-listed building and spur English Heritage into action.

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