The Lore of Building Experience: Deconstructing Design-Build

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2017-03-01
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Whitehead, Rob
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Architects do things. One of the most unquestioned mandates of architectural education is that of ‘doing’: building, acting, making, fabricating. Captured in Le Corbusier’s famous maxim: ‘architecture or revolution’, building is often considered not only the best solution to a problem, but one that gives urgency and legitimacy to architecture and architectural education. Yet the increasing awareness of intimate relations between capitalism and architecture, labor injustices and construction, environmental havoc and urban planning, corporate power and racial violence and much more has put architects in the uncomfortable position of having to confront the consequences of ‘doing’.

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This proceeding is from Build,” 33rd Annual, National Conference on the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS), “Begin w/ Why,” University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, March 9-11, 2017. Posted with permission.

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