The Hypothetical Development Organization is featured on this
episode of ABC Radio National's FutureTense (Australia): "Fictitious
futures, virtual development and visual language."
Other recent notices, in response to the HDO: New Orleans wrap-up
essay in Places,
And, if you can read Spanish, 20 Minutos weighs in on La Organización
del Desarrollo Hipotéticoa, aquí.
The Hypothetical Development Organization presented an exhibition
of its 12 initial hypothetical developments in New Orleans from
April 7-May7, 2011. Here
is a video walk through of the exhibitionr.
Two images from the exhibition below - click on either to go
to the full set on HDO's
These versions of the signs are available for PURCHASE
at both full size (60" x 36") in an edition of 1+1AP
and at a reduced 22"x17" in an edition of 10 each. Inquire
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING
Here's a roundup of
esteemed sources that have taken note of our project. We will
update this entry as appropriate
"A fascinating and provocative group."
"Unlike most ordinary buildings, hypothetical developments
arise from the inner landscape of poets and dreamers who meander
aimlessly on foot or bicycle, or gaze sagely through the windows
of streetcars at structures only they can see."
"Whimsical, to be sure; but that's both its strategy and
The projects seem to pose the question: If we can dream this big
on paper, then what else could happen?
"A full-fledged conversation around urban storytelling,
the heights of public imagination and reclaiming unused space."
If an ad for a glossy high-rise is only a pipe dream ... why not
have more interesting pipe dreams?
From State of the Reunion: What
do cardboard boxes and old vacant buildings have in common?
October 21, 2010
"We think this is a brilliant way for architects to use those
$100K rendering skills to actually do something with some impact
on a community, besides warning people about the fresh hell their
neighborhood is about to go through with the construction of that
new 57-story tower."
October 15, 2010
More at Poketo,
("Well, this is indisputably cool"). Also, we're in
1.5 llstings. Download the brochure here.
October 10, 2010
Latest coverage: Swiss
Josh Spear, Aesthetics
of Joy ("I love the way this idea ... takes
those germs of imagined futures and makes them visible"),
A Real Thing.
October 1, 2010
Architects Newspaper Blog mention and On
The Ground Looking Up says "If you get involved
in any hypothetical building projects this year, make it this
in New Orleans: "Check this one out, it's cool and local."
September 25, 2010
Core 77 ,
new project.") Design
Observer, Good Magazine,
("Perhaps this street art project could turn into
authentic grassroots activism.") Huffington
Sterling, ("This must be the closest thing to
an architecture-fiction 'pure play' to have yet appeared")
("We love the idea and if you think it’s a
good one too, the group has set up a Kickstarter
September 21, 2010
We are on Kickstarter! If you would like to learn more
about this project, particularly by way of a pleasing video that
offers a vivid example of what we are up to, check out our Kickstarter
page. And while you are there, consider making a financial donation
that will help us realize our goal. Thanks.
September 20, 2010
Perhaps you wonder what one of our signs will look like in Real
Life. Well, then you should support the project and come
to New Orleans to witness its launch. But short of that, we can
offer you this image, taken with a cell phone: It shows a test
print of one of our Hypothetical Development renderings (by Dave
Pinter). The man in the picture, though not a model by trade,
is a friend of the project.