New York

“On Hold”

The Architectural League

The “Young Architects Forum,” an annual juried exhibition of the work of recent architecture program graduates, purports to present the new, creative participants in the field of architecture, one characterized by glacial innovation. This year’s program featured the double-edged title “On Hold,” exhibiting both constructed projects and theoretical proposals. Taken positively, it might suggest a time of reevaluation, an opening to diverse practices and theories. More grimly, it speaks of a moment when architectural practice is stalled by a depleted economy. Sadly, many architects are “on hold” and unable to work.

If the projects selected for the show are representative of the general conditions in architecture, there is no single, dominant perspective today. The work was neither wildly experimental nor limited to a single style. Clearly, the jury carried no collective polemics to the selection

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