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Design Studio Vol. 5: Experimental Realism
(Design) Fictions and Futures

Edited By

Gem Barton

ISBN 9781914124099
Published July 8, 2022 by RIBA Publishing
144 Pages

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Book Description

The experimental realism provides architects with a vital means to test ideas and the untried. By injecting the experimental with a new realism, however, speculative design has the potential to advance new inclusive, equitable and desirable futures. Showcasing cutting-edge insight, the book advocates for the inclusion of speculative spatial design in architectural development. It explores the real-word application of nearfuture fantastical storytelling and the power of imagination. Discover plural design reactions in response to real possible situations.

Table of Contents

In Other Worlds: Cities Shaped Like Fiction

Liam Young

Plausible Impossibilities

Tom Greenall, Matteo Mastrandrea and Nicola Koller

The Terraforming

Benjamin H. Bratton and Nicolay Boyadjiev

Equitable and Desirable Futures

Gem Barton

City-based Testbeds: Simulating Possible Futures in ‘Real-world’ Conditions

Kathy Nothstine

A New Type of Design Education: Models, Materials and Futures

Matt Ward

The Aesthetics of Misuse: Mitigating Excess

Ayesha Silburn

Meet Me Halfway: An Exploration of Architecture Across Realities

Anna Pompermaier

The Net Blvd


Barale Burdman James v Birnmann: Designing a Never-Ending Legal Drama, in a World Judges Are No Longer Human

Phoebe Walton

Experiments in Speculative, Critical Activism

Anab Jain

Speculative Design and Emerging Practice: From Local Meetups to a Global Community

Phil Balagtas

Future Architecture, A Beautiful Chaos

César Reyes Nájera and Ethel Baraona Pohl

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Gem Barton is Principal Lecturer at University of Brighton. Gem has published on the subjects of gender and feminism, film and spatial production, narrative and story telling, reality and representation, career and enterprise, academia and teaching, interiors and architecture. Gem authored Don’t Get a Job, Make a Job: How to Make it as a Creative Graduate (Laurence King, 2016).