Amsterdam – Officially, Built Unbuilt is a book that revisits 16 years of Julien De Smedt’s work, from the inception of the PLOT architectural practice with Bjarke Ingels in 2001 to the work of JDSA and the creation of Makers With Agendas, the Copenhagen design studio he co-founded with William Ravn in 2013. The Built section provides an overview of De Smedt’s built work; Unbuilt is a selection of projects that haven’t made it to the other side.
But unofficially, the projects featured in the book reveal stories of serious casualness and casual seriousness, of light paradoxes and steep slopes. De Smedt even reveals hilarious and humbling anecdotes, such as the one where the weight of Hollywood glamour stepped all over his proposal for a Lars von Trier event (more on that below).
Here we share four of the architect’s own highlights from the book – which, by the way, is available for purchase in our web store.