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The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement

Edited by: Farhan Karim

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138889699
eBook ISBN: 9781315712697
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315712697
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Socially engaged architecture is a broad and emerging architectural genre that promises to redefine architecture from a market-driven profession to a mix of social business, altruism, and activism that intends to eradicate poverty, resolve social exclusion, and construct an egalitarian global society. The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement offers a critical enquiry of socially engaged architecture?s current context characterized by socio-economic inequity, climate change, war, increasing global poverty, microfinance, the evolving notion of professionalism, the changing conception of public, and finally the growing academic interest in re-visioning the social role of architecture. Organized around case studies from the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan the book documents the most important recent developments in the field. By examining diverse working methods and philosophies of socially engaged architecture, the handbook shows how socially engaged architecture is entangled in the global politics of poverty, reconstruction of the public sphere, changing role of the state, charity, and neoliberal urbanism. The book presents debates around the issue of whether architecture actually empowers the participators and alleviates socio-economic exclusion or if it instead indirectly sustains an exploitive capitalism. Bringing together a range of theories and case studies, this companion offers a platform to facilitate future lines of inquiry in education, research, and practice.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  1:  What If … or Toward a Progressive Understanding of Socially Engaged Architecture Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Understanding Social Engagement in Architecture Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Toward an Architecture of the Public Good Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Radical Democracy and Spatial Practices Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Retracing the Emergence of a Human Settlements Approach Download PDF
Chapter  6:  The United Nations and Self-Help Housing in the Tropics Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Tracing the History of Socially Engaged Architecture Download PDF
Chapter  8:  The Opera Village Africa Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Seeking Appropriate Methods Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Reconceiving Professionalism in the Twenty-First Century Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Aga Khan Award for Architecture and Social Engagement via the Built Environment Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Sale Ends Soon Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Creating the Environment for Social Engagement Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Housing for Spatial Justice Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Children’s Engagement in Design Download PDF
Chapter  16:  The Garden of Liberation Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Darker Side of Social Engagement Download PDF
Chapter  18:  A Comparative History of Live Projects Within the United States and the UK Download PDF
Chapter  19:  The Do-It-Your(Self) Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Building the Unseen Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Umdenken Umschwenken Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Material Participation and the Architecture of Domestic Autonomy Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Salvage Salvation Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Marginality, Urban Conflict and the Pursuit of Social Engagement in Latin American Cities Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Understanding Public Interest Design Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Architecture Before 3.11 Download PDF
Chapter  27:  The Reciprocity Between Architects and Social Change Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Transforming the Spatial Legacies of Colonialism and Apartheid Download PDF
Chapter  29:  What We Can Learn From Refugees Download PDF
Chapter  30:  Displacement, Labor and Incarceration Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Are Architects the Last People Needed in Disaster Reconstruction? Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Architecture Without Borders? Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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