Foreword by Michael Manfredi
Introduction by Anne Rieselbach
Published by Princeton Architectural Press
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It’s Different is the thirteenth in an annual series of publications that feature work by the winners of the Architectural League’s annual competition for young architects and designers. The 2011 competition theme, “It’s Different,” alludes to the fact that every generation of designers thinks it is special, new, and different and ours is no exception. What perhaps may make the claim stronger for the current generation are the circumstances: global networking and integration, economic and security crises, environmental catastrophe and activism, and virtual revolution and physical stagnation. Against these challenges, the committee posited that the future will operate on a wholly different paradigm. Architects were asked, What is the new role of the designer?
Work by Ajmal Aqtash, Richard Sarrach, and Tamaki Uchikawa; Unchung Na and Sorae Yoo; Kiel Moe; William O Brien Jr.; Catie Newell; and Jason Kelly Johnson and Nataly Gattegno.