Economy Class

Presenting Economy Class, a one-day symposium curated by Richard Hall, Senior Associate at East, next Thursday 21 January from 10am-5pm

Architecture is always an economic matter. A conscious economy of means is as essential to shaping a work of architecture as it is to the discipline’s ability to productively operate within, and contribute to, reality more broadly. This symposium is concerned with the various economies at play around and within architecture: those we are subject to and those we subject our work to. 

Examining brief making, representation, spatial clarity, housing design, construction processes, cost and quality control, value measurement and city management, the notion of economy will be framed as a contextual, conceptual, operational and, ultimately, architectural quality. Taking the pervasive doctrine of ‘more, cheaper, faster’ as a cultural backdrop, we will consider the capacity for architecture to critically and responsibly translate constraints into pleasures.