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  Architecture and participation

Other(s) author(s) : Petrescu, Doina, [argitaratzaile] ; Blundell Jones, Peter, [argitaratzaile] ; Till, Jeremy, [argitaratzaile]Language : EnglishLondon ; New York : Taylor & Francis, 2005282 orrialde : zuri-beltzeko argazkiak ; 25 cm(Ikus)Testua: bitartekorik gabeISBN : 978-0-415-31746-0.Architecture -- Human factors | Architecture and society -- Social aspects
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As government policies throughout the world call for more involvement by people in the making of their environment, the issue of participation has become of central concern to architects, clients, funders, users and government oficers. But too often it remains a token gesture. This book investigate how the user can be included in the design process, revealing at the same time how a participative approach can generate new spatial conditions and new types of architectural practice. Participation also challenges many of the normative value of traditional architecture, from issues of authorship and control to aesthetics. While many architectural books concentrate on formal and visual issues, this one opens up the social and political aspects of our built environment discovering some ways in which users may shape it.
"Architecture & Participation" brings together leading international practitioners and theorists in the field, ranging from the 1960s pioneers to some major contemporary figures. Mixing theory and practice, it provides both a theoretical background and direct examples of application. The first section, "Politics of Participation", explores the broad social context, outlining themes that should be taken into account in any participatory process. The second, "Histories of Participation", includes work by some seminal European figures. The third, "Practices of Participation", provides examples of how leading practitioners have put their ideas into action. The book is illustrated throughout, "Architecture & Participation" will be useful to students, academics and practitioners, as well as to policy makers in the field.

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