The Five Thousand Pound Life is an initiative dedicated to new ways of thinking, talking, and acting on architecture, climate change, and our economic future.
Engagement & Practice
Environmental degradation may be seen as an accumulation of unintended consequences. In an effort to relink the effects of climate change to the decisions that cause it, democratic citizenship is explored both within, and outside of, the confines of professional practice. In nurturing deeper civic engagement, the limits of architectural agency are questioned and redefined.
5KL: An Overview
Introducing the League’s overarching initiative that seeks to imagine an economically and ecologically viable American future.
Economics & Investment
A focus on the core connection between our individual and collective channeling of resources and the carbon byproducts of economic exchange.
Design & Technology
An inquiry into the relationship between the iterative process of design and technological advancement in our pursuit of prosperity.
Communication & Ethics
An emphasis on understanding our relationships with, and responsibilities to, other individuals, communities, nations, and generations.
In an interview with Rory Hyde, Indy Johar expresses a need for architects to embrace holistic thinking and cross-disciplinary work in the aim of creating ”a virtuous social, environmental, and economic cycle.”
Announcing the winners of the Architectural League Prize 2017: Support
View lecture videos, read roundtable conversations, and see profiles on each of the eight 2016 Emerging Voices.
Sticks by Hou de Sousa was the winner of Folly 2016. Read an essay on this functional structure by Pasqualina Azzarello, Socrates Director of Public Programs; a roundtable discussion featuring the designers among other participants; and a look at this year’s other notable competition entries.
Announcing the winners of the Architectural League Prize 2016: (im)permanence