The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement (Hardcover)

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The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement (Hardcover)

By Farhan Karim (Editor)


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Socially engaged architecture is a broad and emerging architectural genre that promises to redefine architecture from a market-driven profession to a mix of social business, altruism, and activism that intends to eradicate poverty, resolve social exclusion, and construct an egalitarian global society. Routledge Companion to Socially Engaged Architecture offers a critical enquiry of socially engaged architecture's current context characterized by socio-economic inequity, climate change, war, increasing global poverty, microfinance, the evolving notion of professionalism, the changing conception of public, and finally the growing academic interest in re-visioning the social role of architecture. Organized around case studies from the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan the book documents the most important recent developments in the field. By examining diverse working methods and philosophies of socially engaged architecture, the handbook shows how socially engaged architecture is entangled in the global politics of poverty, reconstruction of the public sphere, changing role of the state, charity, and neoliberal urbanism. The book presents debates around the issue of whether architecture actually empowers the participators and alleviates socio-economic exclusion or if it instead indirectly sustains an exploitive capitalism. Bringing together a range of theories and case studies, this companion offers a platform to facilitate future lines of inquiry in education, research, and practice.

Farhan Karim is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas and the author of Modernism of Austerity: Designing an Ideal Home for the Poor (forthcoming, 2019). His current research focuses on the involvement of Euro-American architects in Pakistan (1947-71). His research has been supported by the Graham Foundation, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Aga Khan fellowship, Mellon-Volkswagen fellowship, and Australian Leadership Award.
Product Details ISBN: 9781138889699
ISBN-10: 1138889695
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: May 10th, 2018
Pages: 44
Language: English