Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism

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Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism--or "public-interest architecture"--that might function akin to public-interest law or medicine by expanding architecture's all too often elite client base. With 30 essays by practicing architects and designers, urban and community planners,...
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Overview

Expanding Architecture presents a new generation of creative design carried out in the service of the greater public and the greater good. Questioning how design can improve daily lives, editors Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford map an emerging geography of architectural activism--or "public-interest architecture"--that might function akin to public-interest law or medicine by expanding architecture's all too often elite client base. With 30 essays by practicing architects and designers, urban and community planners, historians, landscape architects, environmental designers and members of other fields, this volume presents recent work from around the world that illustrates the ways in which design can address issues of social justice, allow individuals and communities to plan and improve their own lives and serve a much larger percentage of the population than it has in the past. This new inclusionary practice must define new services and new processes, and these are illuminated in the generously illustrated texts as well.
Building on the momentum of Bell's Good Deeds, Good Design and other recent landmark publications such as Rural Studio and Design Like You Give a Damn, Expanding Architecture examines evolving notions of socially conscious practice and serves as a guide for designers who are willing to take on the social, economic and environmental challenges we face today.
Bryan Bell is the Executive Director of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Design Corps, which he founded in 1991 to provide community service through architecture. His other initiatives include the Design Corps Fellowship program, the Design Corps Summer Studio and the Structures for Inclusion annual conference. In 2007 he received a National Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects.
Katie Wakeford received her M.Arch from North Carolina State University School of Architecture, where she became interested in community design. She began working with Design Corps in 2002, and currently serves as an intern architect with the North Carolina State College of Design's Home Environments Design Initiative, a research and community outreach endeavor focused on affordable and sustainable housing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781933045788
  • Publisher: D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/28/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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Foreword: Public-Interest Architecture: A Needed and Inevitable Change Thomas Fisher Fisher, Thomas 8 Preface: Expanding Design Toward Greater Relevance Bryan Bell Bell, Bryan 14 Introduction: An Architecture of Change Jose L. S. Gamez Gamez, Jose L. S. Susan Rogers Rogers, Susan 18 Social, Economic, and Environmental Design 26 The Architectural Bat-Signal: Exploring the Relationship between Justice and Design Barbara B. Wilson Wilson, Barbara B. 28 Toward a Humane Environment: Sustainable Design and Social Justice Lance Hosey Hosey, Lance 34 El Programa de Vivienda Ecologica: Building the Capacity of Yaqui Women to Help Themselves Sergio Palleroni Palleroni, Sergio Monica Escobedo Fuentes Fuentes, Monica Escobedo 42 Unbearable Lightness Deborah Gans Gans, Deborah 50 Participatory Design 56 The Creek That Connects It All: Participatory Planning in a Taiwanese Mountain Village Chia-Ning Yang Yang, Chia-Ning Hsu-Jen Kao Kao, Hsu-Jen 58 Growing Urban Habitats: A Local Housing Crisis Spawns a New Design Center Katie Swenson Swenson, Katie 66 Traditions, Transformation, and Community Design: The Making of Two Ta'u Houses Jeffrey Hou Hou, Jeffrey 74 Claiming Public Space: The Case for Proactive, Democratic Design Peter Aeschbacher Aeschbacher, Peter Michael Rios Rios, Michael 84 Public-Interest Architecture 92 Mobilizing Mainstream Professionals to Work for the Public Good John Peterson Peterson, John 94 The Community Design Collaborative: A Volunteer-Based Community Design Center Serving Greater Philadelphia Darl Rastorfer Rastorfer, Darl 104 Invisible Zagreb Damir Blazevic Blazevic, Damir 110 CityworksLosAngeles: Making Differences, Big orSmall Elizabeth Martin Martin, Elizabeth Leslie Thomas Thomas, Leslie 116 Asset-Based Approaches 122 Designing with an Asset-Based Approach Amanda Hendler-Voss Hendler-Voss, Amanda Seth Hendler-Voss Hendler-Voss, Seth 124 Communication through Inquiry Sean Donahue Donahue, Sean 132 Designing Infrastructure/Designing Cities Ryan Gravel Gravel, Ryan 140 Housing for the 98% 146 Mainstreaming Good Design in Affordable Housing: Strategies, Obstacles, and Benefits Kathleen Dorgan Dorgan, Kathleen Deane Evans Evans, Deane 148 Architectural Alchemy Eric Naslund Naslund, Eric John Sheehan Sheehan, John 158 Competition, Collaboration, and Construction with Habitat for Humanity Erik Van Mehlman Van Mehlman, Erik 166 Architecture and Social Change: The Struggle for Affordable Housing in Oakland's Uptown Project Alex Salazar Salazar, Alex 176 Prefabricating Affordability 184 Migrant Housing Laura Shipman Shipman, Laura 186 Market Modular Gregory Herman Herman, Gregory 194 ecoMOD: Exploring Social and Environmental Justice through Prefabrication John Quale Quale, John 200 Out of the Box: Design Innovations in Manufactured Housing Roberta M. Feldman Feldman, Roberta M. 208 Meshing with Market Forces 220 Finding Balance: How to Be an Architect, an Environmentalist, and a Developer Russell Katz Katz, Russell 222 Propositions for a New Suburbanism Gail Peter Borden Borden, Gail Peter 228 Archepreneurs Chris Krager Krager, Chris 236 The Transformative Power of Architectural Education 246 Building Consensus in Design/Build Studios Steve Badanes Badanes, Steve 248 Teaching Cooperation Amanda Schachter Schachter, Amanda 256 Enhancing Family and Community through Interdisciplinary Design Samina Quraeshi Quraeshi, Samina 264 Building Sustainable Communities and Building Citizens Sergio Palleroni Palleroni, Sergio 274
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