Journalist Rowan Moore, who pledged to give the Architecture Foundation a major shake-up when he took over as director last summer, has revealed details of his plans.
Moore, who made no secret of his desire to spice up the seasoned debate on design, last week launched the foundation's most extensive range of programmes since its formation in 1991.
This includes a probe into what makes homes desirable, which will include housing design projects and talks. Meanwhile, a programme called 'Real Architecture' ambitiously aims to 'put the art and skill of architecture at the centre of public attention'.
A series of lectures throughout autumn will involve 'Real Talks' by Nigel Coates, Amanda Levete, Tony Fretton and Jacques Herzog.
Meanwhile, several 'Real Architecture Salons' will bring together 30 invited architects, artists and other professionals in an informal setting to thrash out new ideas.
When Moore took over as director in 2002, he said the foundation would be 'not only a polite organisation' but would 'stir up' controversy (AJ 5.9.02). The London's Evening Standard journalist, who has curated exhibitions for Glasgow 1999 and the Royal Academy, promised to put architecture 'back at the heart of the foundation's work'.
Another of his new programmes, 'Fast Space', will pitch work from the world's most famous architects with that from students and young designers, in a series of eight 'quick, provocative exhibitions' in London between January and June 2004. Rem Koolhaas will be one of the designers revealing work straight off the drawing board in an empty retail space in the city's West End.
Other new events include talks at the Serpentine and at a cafe in Old Street, and two seminars at '100% Design' on September 27. In the first, called 'My Big Break', architects reveal theirs. The second, 'Disruptive Innovators', looks at how to change people's opinions.
Earlier this year Moore oversaw the launch of the Foundation Club, which brings together leading lights in property and construction. The Cambridge University graduate will also continue to take an interest in ongoing projects such as de Rijke Marsh Morgan's £12 million Kingsdale School in Southwark, initiated by the foundation and due to finish early next year.