The manual provides a unique overview of the most important issues that need to be dealt within the first 5 years of an architecture practice. The book was conceived as a combination of three already published wonderland magazines (in an updated form) and two additional chapters of unpublished material. Aside from providing a unique source of reference for architects interested in developing their practices, the manual also addresses institutions and organizations, which deal with the profession (architecture schools, professional organizations, policy makers) throughout Europe. The manual consists of five main chapters: Getting started, Making mistakes, Going public, Getting specialized and Making competitions. The content of the fourth chapter (Getting specialized) will be entirely new material, while the last chapter (Making competitions) will refer to the homonymous exhibition and symposium that took place in Vienna in June 2009. An indispensable book for all who want their young practices to survive.
Wonderland - plattform for european architecture is a network for young European architectural offices, which was founded in 2002 in Austria. It is an architectural think-tank that explores the professional, economic, and social aspects of being an architect, which are discussed in the wonderland magazine, at wonderland symposiums and in wonderland exhibitions. The network's aim is to foster the exchange of information on typical architectural work processes and daily professional practice across national borders. Since its foundation wonderland has been continuously extended its network with a widespread program of activities all over Europe. Today, wonderland includes over 50 member teams from 11 European countries.
Editorial. - Prologue - Are we producing old-fashioned professionals for new conditions? - Getting Started: Where to go. What to do. How to Keep up. - Making Mistakes: Where Things can go Wrong. Why Make Mistakes. What to do When Things go Wrong. - Going Public: Why go Public. How to go Public. Where to go Public. - Getting Specialized: Why Specialize. What to Specialize in. How to Specialize. - Making Competitions: Why Make Competitions. How to Make Competitions. What Happens Next. - Epilogue - Other Productions of Space. About Responsibility and Ethics in the Architectural Profession. - Wonderland project timeline. - Participating teams. - Editors and Writers. - Relevant Websites. - Table of Contents. - Editorial Information and Imprint.