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Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism [Paperback]

Bryan Bell , Katie Wakeford

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8 Dec 2008
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 architectures all-too-often elite client base. With 30 essays by practising architects and designers, urban and community planners, historians, landscape architects, environmental designers and members of other fields, this volume is full of 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. Examining evolving notions of socially conscious practice, this book serves as an essential guide for designers who are willing to take on the social, economic and environmental challenges we face today.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Just for Designers 22 Dec 2008
By map - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm about half-way through this book and am already amazed at all the ways designers have made a difference in their local communities, and beyond. Because a range of projects, small to large, have been included it is even more inspiring to be able to imagine how one person with a good idea and the energy to implement it could have a big impact. I think that even those outside the design profession would find that some of the included projects could serve as a model for how other professions can make similar contributions. I've had other people who are not designers pick up my book and start flipping through and ask if they can read it when I finish. I can't wait to read the rest and pass it on!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enthusiastically recommended to anyone with a serious interest in expanding the humanitarian role of modern architecture 8 Nov 2008
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Expanding Architecture Design as Activism collects thirty in-depth essays about the concept of "public-interest architecture", that is, building designs created explicitly with the benefit of the public in mind. Illustrated with full-color photography on virtually every page, individual essays discuss examples ranging from building housing or water systems to best serve the needs of a refugee population, to participatory planning in a Taiwanese mountain village that transforms an abandoned creek into swimming ponds for the village's future, to exploring different ways to create strong designs with minimal environmental impact, all at a reasonable profit. Enthusiastically recommended to anyone with a serious interest in expanding the humanitarian role of modern architecture, from professionals in the field to any concerned citizen voting on city planning projects.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good design can be Everywhere! 21 Oct 2008
By Dawn Weisbord - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is filled with examples of good designs that redefine architectural resources. I am challenged to share architectural ways of thinking and space making in my own town. This book shows how good design can improve the way we work and live together!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Milestone in Contemporary Architecture 24 Jan 2009
By Charles Eilber - Published on Amazon.com
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As an educator, admirer and follower of Frank Lloyd Wright, I have admired the best of contemporary architecture for many, many years. This edition brings out not only the best of current thinking, but more importantly, it holds open a welcoming door to the future. Kudos to the editors. I hope that they publish a new version every five years.
Charles Eilber,
Durham, North Carolina.
5.0 out of 5 stars Used for Public Interest Design class - but anyone would love it! 17 Dec 2013
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I used this book for a Public Interest Design class and thought it was very helpful. I would recommend it to absolutely anyone who loves to learn - it's an easy book and one that anyone will really enjoy.
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