Episode 1: The State of Architecture

The patronage model of architecture is being challenged. No longer satisfied with trying to meet budget and time constraints after a client purchases a property, architects are moving upstream in the process. Going beyond notions like “design-build” to take control of bids, land decisions, and even becoming developers in their own right.

Is this the future of architecture, or a momentary trend? To find out, By Design travelled to two young firms on the edge of this new movement.

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Inside the Episode

Through rapid-fire prototyping and unique forms of design improvisation, residential firm Laney LA and NYC-based commercial practice KURV are unlocking the potential for architects to fully evaluate and cost a project before the land is even bought.

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