Gross Ideas: Tales of Tomorrow's Architecture

This book of original short stories, written by architects, engineers, and novelists, explores the architecture of the near future glimpsed through the lens of fictional characters, places and buildings. What will the architecture of the future be like? How will cities change with environmental breakdown? How will people travel once cars are ancient history? What will buildings look like when bricks and mortar are no longer instruments of financial accumulation?

The relationship between real and fictional cities is blurry. Ideas which begin as literary speculations can shape the physical world.

Both architects and novelists tell stories about place; real and imagined. They are in this sense both urban practitioners, creating neighbourhoods to serve communities and articulating the values of societies through the design of their streets.

This book presents seventeen short stories written by designers and authors imagining the trajectory of architecture, cities and economics amid a backdrop of profound climate and social change. It includes original stories by science fiction author Cory Doctorow (Little Brother), Man Booker Nominee Sophie Mackintosh (The Water Cure), the writer Will Self (Junk Mail, Great Apes) and a short graphic novel by Mill & Jones (Square Eyes) among others.

Published by The Architecture Foundation in association with the Oslo Architecture Triennale

Cory Doctorow, Camilla Grudova, Will Self, Mill & Jones, Joel Blackledge, Sophie Mackintosh, Steve Webb, Jo Lindsay Walton, Lesley Lokko, Rachel Armstrong, Lev Bratishenko, Torgeir Rebolledo Pedersen, Maria Smith, Robin Nicholson, Deepak Unnikrishnan, Edward Davey, Jane Yeh.

Edited by
Edwina Attlee, Phineas Harper and Maria Smith

Graphic Design
Studio Christopher Victor

Introduction by
Phineas Harper

130 x 198 mm
17.1mm Spine
208pp Paperback
ISBN: 978-1-9996462-3-3