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Automated design processes, critique on the profession’s culture, DIY-design and wider trends put pressure on the social and public relevance of the architect. On the other hand, architects are crossing boundaries, taking up new roles and experimenting with other approaches, while other professionals reinforce the importance of architecture.
Melbourne-based architect, researcher and broadcaster Rory Hyde explored these developments in his book “Future Practice“, by interviewing a wide range of people that observe and practice new strategies for making cities work. We talked to him about these individuals, the architectural profession and other forces that shape our surroundings. Will architecture dissolve into other professions or will it be able to recalibrate itself?[…]