In this highly pertinent issue, guest-editor Nic Clear questions received notions of the future. Are the norms of economic growth the only way society can develop? Does the current economic crisis call into question a future of unlimited growth and/or enable different choices? Drawing on such fields as synthetic space, psychoanalysis, postmordern geography, post-economics, cybernetics, and neurology, as well as interviews with novelist William Gibson, Archigram architect David Greene, and musician Brian Eno, Architectures of the Near Future offers practicing architects, students, and others a series of alternative voices.
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.
Editorial (Helen Castle ). Introduction: A Near Future (Nic Clear). Urban Flux (Matthew Gandy). Postindividualism: Fata Morgana and the Swindon Gout Clinic (Michael Aling). Urban Otaku: Electric Lighting and the Noctambulist (John Culmer Bell). The Groom's Gospel (Bastian Glassner). Hong Kong Labyrinths (Soki So). Distructuring Utopias (Rubedo: Laurent-Paul Robert and Vesna Petresin Robert). The Carbon Casino (Richard Bevan). Cities Gone Wild (Geoff Manaugh). London After the Rain (Nic Clear). L.A.W.u.N. Project #21: Cybucolia (Samantha Hardingham and David Greene). Cortical Plasticity (Dan Farmer). The Ridiculous and the Sublime (Ben Nicholson). Stereoscopic Urbanism: JG Ballard and the Built Environment (Simon Sellars). The Sound Stage (George Thomson). Recent History - Art In Ruins (Hannah Vowles and Glyn Banks/Art in Ruins and Nic Clear) Practice Profile. Snohetta (Jayne Merkel). Interior Eye. Biochemistry Department, University of Oxford (Howard Watson). Building Profile. St Benedict's School, West London (David Littlefield). Unit Factor. Migration Pattern Process (Simon Beames and Kenneth Fraser). Spiller's Bits. Mathematics of the Ideal Pavilion (Neil Spiller). Yeang's Eco-Files. Computational Building Performance Modelling and Ecodesign (Khee Poh Lam and Ken Yeang). McLean's Nuggets (Will McLean). Userscape Scaleable Technology for Smart Spaces (Valentina Croci).