Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture



At a time when many commentators are noting that alternative and richer approaches to architectural practice are needed if the profession is to flourish, this book provides multiple examples of how this has been achieved and how it might be achieved in the future. Setting out a new approach to the way that buildings and space are produced, Spatial Agency presents other ways of doing architecture.

Starting with the belief that a building is not necessarily the best solution to a spatial problem, this book uncovers a second history of architecture, one that moves sharply away from the figure of the architect as individual hero, replacing it with a collaborative approach in which agents act with, and on behalf of, others.

Collecting together for the first time over 130 examples of such spatial agency, the book shows inspiring methods of transforming space, from activism to pedagogy, publications to networking, making stuff to making policy – all done in the name of empowering others. The examples are introduced by four chapters that explain the theory and practice of spatial agency.

Particularly pertinent in the current economic climate, this book offers the reader new approaches to architectural practice in a changing world. It makes essential reading for any architect, aspiring or practising.

26. Introduction. 35. The Motivations of Spatial Agency. 53. The Sites of Spatial Agency. 67. The Operations of Spatial Agency. 83. Other Ways of Doing Architecture. 216. Selected Bibliography. 218. Acknowledgments. 220. Index.

title > Spatial Agency: Other Ways of Doing Architecture.
authors > Nishat Awan, Tatiana Schneider, Jeremy Till
publishing house > Routledge
pages > 224
year > 2011
price > £29.99
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