Rory Hyde (architect, radio presenter, author and writer) has penned some words for ARCHITECTUREAU on the latest book by Esther Charlesworth on Humanitarian Architecture.
With the bursting of the economic bubble, and the associated collapse of the real estate and construction sectors, this fortress of professional architecture instead became a kind of prison. The narrow definition of architecture that it once defended – as the source of singular edifices of rarefied detail and aesthetics – came to represent decadence and irrelevance in the eyes of the public. In the years since, the profession has been forced to expand its boundaries, searching for these “other ways of doing architecture”3 that had been so marginalised and dismissed. One of these ways is humanitarian architecture.