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HOW DO WE TRULY ENGAGE WITH THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES FACING OUR CITIES, NOT JUST THROUGH INSTAGRAM FILTERS, AND BANDWAGONING SOCIAL CAUSES, BUT WITH REAL ACTIONS?

 

IF WE REALLY WANT TO TALK ABOUT AGENCY THEN HOW DO WE ACTUALLY ENABLE OURSELVES TO ACT OR INTERVENE WITH MORE THAN JUST WORDS?

 

WHAT WOULD IT TAKE TO QUESTION, DISRUPT AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT IN AN ETHICAL WAY?

 

HOW DO WE EMPOWER SOCIALLY MINDED PRACTITIONERS?

 

 WE BELIEVE COLLABORATION IS KEY.

 

OFFICE STARTED OUT AS TWO GRADUATING PROJECTS, A DISSATISFACTION IN THE CURRENT STATE OF ARCHITECTURE AND A NAIVETY THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY DISRUPT THE ETHOS. STILL IN ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS, WE HAVE SPENT MUCH OF OUR TIME CHASING OUR OWN TAILS, AS THE REALITIES OF THE REAL WORLD ATTEMPT TO DERAIL US. WHAT WE HAVE CREATED IS A NOT FOR PROFIT DESIGN FIRM WITH A CODE OF ETHICS. THESE CODES DETERMINE THE KIND OF PROJECTS WE PURSUE,  AND THE WAY IN WHICH WE PURSUE THEM. IT SEEMS THAT MANY OTHER ARCHITECTS, ARTISTS, CREATIVES + DESIGNERS HAVE SIMILAR BELIEFS AND HAVE REACHED OUT TO US FOR WORK EXPERIENCE OR INTERNSHIPS. SADLY WE ARE NOT IN THE FINANCIAL POSITION TO EMPLOY STAFF (CODE OF ETHICS 09 - OFFICE WILL PAY OUR STAFF FAIRLY, NOT SIMPLY THE LEGAL MINIMUM.) 

 

SO WE HAVE HAD TO THINK OF AN ALTERNATIVE.

 

OUR OWN GRADUATING PROJECTS COULD HAVE EASILY BEEN BOOKSHELVED, ALONG WITH THE HUNDREDS OF OTHERS EACH SEMESTER. IT APPEARS THE MARK YOU RECEIVE IS FAR MORE IMPORTANT THAN THE CONTENT ITSELF. SOMETHING IS SURELY WRONG WITH THAT. OUR UNIVERSITIES + WORKPLACES ARE NOT STRUCTURED IN A WAY THAT ALLOWS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF A HALF COOKED IDEA AND IT IS ONLY THROUGH SELF DETERMINATION OR PRIVILEGE THAT WE MAY HAVE ANY CHANCE.  WITH THIS IN MIND WE ARE OFFERING UP OFFICE, THE PAST TWO YEARS OF STEEP LEARNINGS, AND OUR EXPERIENCED BOARD MEMBERS TO THE DESIGN COMMUNITY. 

 

CALLING PRACTITIONERS, GRADUATES AND STUDENTS 

 

 

OFFICE IS OPENING UP ITS METAPHORICAL DOORS TO YOU.  WE ARE OFFERING YOU OUR BRAND, OUR INSURANCES, OUR NOT FOR PROFIT STRUCTURE AND KNOWLEDGE, FOR YOU TO UTILISE IN ORDER TO REALISE YOUR OWN PROJECTS. IT IS NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO ENGAGE WITH THE POWER STRUCTURES OF OUR CITY AS A INDIVIDUAL AND THE DIFFICULTY OF NOT KNOWING WHERE TO START TO GET A PROJECT OFF THE GROUND. IN ORDER TO SHIFT THE WAY IN WHICH OUR CITIES ARE DESIGNED, BUILT + LIVED IN, OFFICE WANTS TO GIVE YOU A FRAMEWORK TO REALISE YOUR PROJECTS, TO SHIFT CONVERSATIONS, TO MAKE A CHANGE TOWARDS MORE EQUITABLE AND SUSTAINABLE BUILT ENVIRONMENT. WE ARE OFFERING AN ALTERNATIVE MODEL TO ALLOW FOR CREATIVE AND COLLABORATIVE RESPONSE TO PROBLEMS FACING OUR BUILT ENVIRONMENT.

 

YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE AN ARCHITECTURAL BACKGROUND TO SUBMIT A PROJECT, YOUR PROJECT DOESN’T HAVE TO BE FULLY FORMULATED, THERE IS NO LIMIT TO MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT AND THE PROJECT DOESN’T HAVE TO HAVE A FORMAL OUTCOME. OFFICE WILL BE ACCEPTING 2 PROJECTS IN THIS PILOT STAGE AND WILL BE JUDGED OFF A SET OF CRITERIA AS WELL AS MEETING OFFICE’S CODE OF ETHICS (see below).
 

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL IN ANY FORM TO hello@office.org.au

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