REALmakes transparent the forces shaping our cities
REALpromotes alternative models of ownership
REALbelieves in spatial equality and civic freedom
REALoffers resources to support cultural production
REALacts as a platform for collaborative research
REALproposes new frameworks for design thinking
REALinsists on building as the means to an end
REALworks beyond tradition and the status quo
REALengages positively with those in power
REAL is an architectural practice and cultural institute founded by Jack Self. Our activities include events, exhibitions, publications, design and architecture. REAL promotes social equality and proposes alternative conditions of ownership, capital and labour. We publish Real Review magazine, and previously curated the British Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale.
Our flaship quarterly magazine is Real Review. To subscribe or find out more, please visit real-review.org.
Real estate describes our political and economic bond to property. This is a relationship determined by categories of ownership, different forms of labour, and the complex power structures that make up society.
Our focus is the pragmatics of higher quality, more affordable and better managed cities. Our dedication to spatial equality encompasses the financing and construction of architecture, its terms of ownership and its contribution to standards of living. Our work bridges diverse fields, from architecture, development, urbanism and industry, to art, design, economics and politics.
REAL’s public programme includes cultural events, exhibitions and the publishing of original and historical texts about architecture and real estate. Our flagship bi-monthly magazine, The Real Review, presents independent architectural editorial to a general readership. A limited selection of articles are available online through our media partner, the world’s most popular design website Archdaily.com.
REAL is a collaborative organisation, with light bureaucracy and minimal overheads. Wherever possible it seeks to utilise the existing structures of its partner institutions, to foster inclusivity, non-competition and collective enquiry. It is above all dedicated to the highest quality of intellectual and creative output.