Thinking Practice: Reflections on Architectural Research and Building Work

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-12-11
  • Publisher: Actarbirkhauser
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In the rapidly changing climate of the architectural profession, Thinking Practice presents an extraordinary examination of the increasingly dynamic relationships between academic research, teaching and practice. This book brings together a unique and diverse collection of writings by leading academics and theorists who are also practicing architects. By exploring the interface between architectural practice, academic research and design teaching, the book provides a fascinating insight into a wide range of theoretical and philosophical ideas about the meaning of building in the twenty-first century.Each contributor takes one of their own projects as a starting point, examining it in the context of their specialized field of research and approach to studio teaching. These case studies serve as critical frameworks in which issues of continuity between design thinking, teaching pedagogy and theoretical ideas are examined. The projects presented vary significantly in scale and complexity and are in such diverse locations as Prague, Ghana, Portland USA, Wales, Bradford, London, Muscat and Quito.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 4
Critical Practice: The Architectural Environmentp. 14
Old School: Architecture in the Liberal Artsp. 28
An Interest in the Uninterestingp. 44
The Foreigner, Situated Moments and Topographic Healingp. 58
On The Matter of Shifting Mattersp. 76
The Restorative Task of Architecturep. 94
Clearing the Forest: Architecture and the Studio Environmentp. 110
Gesturing, Marking, Building: Gallery Installation, Portland, Oregon, usap. 122
Building to Think about Dwellingp. 136
Topography, Topology, Type and Archetypep. 150
Eyes that Feel and Hands That Seep. 166
Conclusionp. 184
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