Future 50: DUS Architects 01.08.13

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Icon asked a dozen experts and practitioners to nominate the people they think are, in some way, shaping the future. The resulting list of global talent is a snapshot that shows how young designers and architects are pushing the boundaries of their disciplines and trying to change the world

"People enjoy beautiful things and we strive to make beautiful things. But the programmatic aspect – why you do things – that is the starting point," says DUS co-founder Hedwig Heinsman. Set up in 2004, this eight-strong firm advocates "design by doing". With a portfolio that covers everything from public buildings to food, its ethos is defined in a 19-point manifesto that ends with a demand to "smile – enjoy what you do and have fun". DUS is keen to embrace the opportunities that societal shifts, new technologies and the evolving role of the architect are offering. It is preparing to go on site with a 3D-printed canal house in Amsterdam (Icon 118), working on a feasibility study to turn a former munitions dump into an events space and developing an installation with games designers that will be unveiled this summer. "Architecture has shifted from being purely aesthetic to the process that links everything," Heinsman says. "This is really exciting."






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