Failed Architecture (FA) reconnects architecture with the real world. By opening up new perspectives on the built environment, we seek to explore the meaning of architecture in contemporary society. Since 2011, we have been providing an inclusive platform for critical urban discourse, fueled by unconventional narratives from an international network of contributors.
Architecture continues to fail because we are stuck in a global economic system which puts profit above everything else, reproducing social and political conditions that undermine people’s control over their built environment. Meanwhile, (architectural) media are reducing the design of society to a spectacular image. As a result, the public is left with a shallow understanding of what architecture is and what it can be.
FA challenges dominant spatial fashions and explores alternative realities, reaching far beyond the architectural community. We combine personal stories with research and reflection, always remaining committed to the idea that architecture is about social justice and climate justice, pop culture and subculture, representation and imagination, and everything that happens after the building’s been built.
Charlie Clemoes (editor, Amsterdam)
Chiara Dorbolo (editor, Delft)
Daphne Bakker (editor, Delft)
Joshua McWhirter (editor, New York City)
Mark Minkjan (editor-in-chief, Amsterdam)
Michiel van Iersel (founding editor, Cambridge MA)
René Boer (managing editor, Amsterdam)
Tim Verlaan (editor, Amsterdam)
Verena Hahn (intern, Amsterdam)
Harriet Cook (Manchester)
Jim Clemoes (Leeds)
Katherine Tanner (London, Paris)
Martha Mingay (London)
Robert Snelling (Melbourne)
Kees de Klein
Failed Architecture would not have been possible without the endless commitment of our team in Amsterdam and beyond, and our contributors from around the world. Failed Architecture is supported financially by the FA supporters (sign up now), and received a design criticism grant from the Creative Industries Fund NL in 2017.