In 2009 Actar published our book entitled AGENDA: CAN WE SUSTAIN OUR ABILITY TO CRISIS?
The idea started as a collision of the French and the English meaning of the word Agenda. Both at once researching the agenda in our work and looking at the calendar and how our approach evolves through the affect of world’s events.
AGENDA 1 is a catalogue of 365 days, like a diary or journal: a collective narrative, personal and subjective. It documents the work and thinking of JDS Architects over a specific year marked by crisis, beginning on September 15th, 2008, the day that Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. The form of the book exploits the double meaning of its title, presenting the absurdities of day-to-day architectural practice while also staking our intent. Rather than a definitive direction, our agenda is a definitive attitude – of eagerness, enthusiasm, and optimism, of criticality and concern, of fun and inquiry.
It is a directive, a motivation to act, at times without clear knowledge of where our agenda will lead. “Change,” the buzzword of the 2008 U.S. presidential campaign, is the order of the day, and the task of AGENDA is to explore what kind of change will be needed if architects are to assume a political and social agency in this new landscape. Bringing together diverse forms of content, AGENDA is a product of vigilant observation, introspection, and engagement with outside thinkers and collaborators – artists, curators, politicians, authors, economists, journalists, developers, educators, and architects.
We’re currently working on AGENDA 2. This time around we’re looking at 15 years of practice, starting with my first office, PLOT, in 2001 and climbing the ladder of time to present day. Substantial events have occurred during these 15 years which led to the decision to embrace a much broader view on our work than previously approached in Agenda 1.
This edition of Agenda will tie our work to its socio-political and geographical context with greater grip.