THINK # TREND :: how (and why) to keep going making architecture ? Become an “indie architect”

“One of the side effects of the crisis in the building and financial sector is that it has become harder for architects to find new projects. As a result, the sector has to be extra creative to do what it wants to do. A new approach to architecture is on the rise, in which some architects start to do it all themselves. They don’t need a project developer or local government for a project, but do it at their own risk instead. They become indie architects. (

Decades ago, new ways of producing developed into a huge independent music scene. Recently a book was published about so-called ‘indie brands’. Now we see architects working in the same independent role, searching for freedom in their artistic choices. We’re not talking small interventions and private houses, but large-scale challenges and public buildings.” (source ::



this image :: Tuomas Toivonen, indi Sauna in Helsinki (via ::

This way of redefining the role of the architect is interesting in a time in which architects in Europe suffer from the financial crisis. Don’t wait till the client comes to you with an assignment, but start building the things the city needs. The offices of ZUS and NOW here show how to really work on larger scale and public projects in an independent way.

This article is part of The Pop-Up City’s Trends for 2013. Reflecting on what we’ve written in 2012 and looking into the new year, we’ve composed a new list of remarkable trends that we consider to be important for our cities in the coming time. Feel free to contact us in case you want to learn more about our reports.”

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