London's Drowning

The Royal Academy of Arts (RA) invited 40 emerging and established architects, artists and thinkers to present their visions of what is radical in architecture today. Edit’s contribution, written and illustrated by Alberte, is titled London’s Drowning.

Featured in the RIBA Journal, Metropolis and Time Out.

London's Drowning

Radical architecture is the stuff you haven’t heard about.

It is the quieter, younger sibling of radical, capital-A, Architecture that we all know so well.

This architecture is no longer about performance, it’s about care.

It is an architecture of gentle understanding, of listening, of responding.

 

Radical architecture is never apolitical.

It understands that being apolitical is a privilege that we no longer hold, a privilege lost

through the confident brush strokes of it’s hungry older relative.

It takes responsibility and insists ‘no’ to complicity.

 

This architecture doesn’t need big flashy images of impalpable futures.

This radical architecture knows when to stop building.

© EDIT 2020