1st Edition

All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture Towards the Future of Social Change

Edited By Farhana Ferdous, Bryan Bell Copyright 2021
    374 Pages 161 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    374 Pages 161 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Should all-inclusive engagement be the major task of architecture? All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture: Towards the Future of Social Change presents the case that the answer is yes. Through original contributions and case studies, this volume shows that socially engaged architecture is both a theoretical construct and a professional practice navigating the global politics of poverty, charity, health, technology, neoliberal urbanism, and the discipline's exclusionary basis.

    The scholarly ideas and design projects of 58 thought leaders demonstrate the architect's role as a revolutionary social agent. Exemplary works are included from the United States, Mexico, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Europe. This book offers a comprehensive overview and in-depth analysis of all-inclusive engagement in public interest design for instructors, students, and professionals alike, showing how this approach to architecture can bring forth a radical reformation of the profession and its relationship to society.

      1. Pedagogical Engagement 1.1 Modes of Interaction: Categorizing and Valuing Community-Engaged Teaching 1.2 Critical consciensization in design education for social impact: the limitations of design pedagogies that respond to humanitarian crises 1.3 The Empathetic Designer: Emotional Intelligence in the Design Studio 1.4 Setting Criteria to Assess the Educational Value of Engagement 1.5 Bella Vista: Regional Solutions of Global Significance 1.6 The Pedagogic Value of Architectural Co-Design: How embedding students within communities can challenge societal inequality 2. Scholarship and Engagement 2.1 The Need for Knowledge Management in the Scholarship of Social Engagement in Architecture 2.2 Design (Re)Thinking: Situated Experience and Spatial Agency in Indigenous Architecture 2.3 Architectural Education versus Societal Reality: Mapping the Gap through the Lenses of Educational and Epistemological Theories 2.4 Making "Community" through Architecture 2.5 Engaged Practices: Learning from Improvisation 2.6 Building a Proposition for Future Activities: Performing Collaborative Planning in Hamburg, Germany 3. Practices and Tools of Contemporary Engagement  3.1 Technologies for Inclusion 3.2 Activating Medellín and the Politics of Citizen Engagement 3.3 Engagement Through Art 3.4 Collaboration and Practice 3.5 NavADAPT LAB: Capturing Paths to Inclusivity 3.6 The Public Agenda 3.7 Crafting Space 3.8 Design as Interface: Case of Rwandan Development Architecture 4. Public Engagement and Public Health 4.1 Taking "Engagement" Seriously: Mobilizing Community for Better Parks and Public Health 4.2 Lessons on How Not to Design a Community Space: The España Park Public Library in Medellin, A Fading Symbol of Hope 4.3 Afro-Christian churches as (invisible) caretakers in/of the city: between precarious occupation and dynamic appropriation of the built environment 4.4 Design Representation: Engaging Community Health Design 4.5 Foundations for Health: Building the University of Global Health Equity 4.6 Healing Garden Chamchamal, Kurdistan, Iraq: A Practice-Integrated Design-Build Project 4.7 From Project to Process: Interweaving Architecture, Engagement, and Public Health in Lesotho 4.8 Architects and Villagers: Utilizing a Participatory Design Process to Revolutionize Responses to Homelessness in Portland, Oregon 5. Epilogue: The New Awakening


      Farhana Ferdous is an assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Howard University. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Sydney, Australia, and conducted postdoctoral research in health care architecture at the University of Kansas (KU). She was a lecturer and Global Urbanism Faculty Fellow in the School of Architecture & Design at KU. She is an educator, designer, and scholar whose teaching and research career spans the continents of Asia, Australia, and North America. She is known globally for her scholarly contributions on the topics of the design of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias care facilities, healthy urbanism and environmental design for the elderly, and health and well-being in the built and urban settings. She has published widely on urban and environmental design, environmental psychology, and neighborhood walkability for the aging population. Her research has been supported by many prestigious grants and awards such as the American Association of University Women (AAUW) Fellowship, Grantmakers in Aging (GIA) Fellowship, Endeavour Postgraduate Award, Toyota Foundation Grant, Academy of Architecture Health Foundation (AAHF), KU-Alzheimer’s Disease Center Pilot Award, and KU Strategic Initiative Grant.

      Bryan Bell founded the nonprofit organization Design Corps in 1991 with the mission "to provide the benefits of design for the 98 percent without architects." His current work includes research on the field of public interest design and the SEED Network, which he co-founded. He has co-published four books in this field, has organized 33 Public Interest Design Institute and 18 Structures for Inclusion international conferences. His work has been supported by the Latrobe Prize of the Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and he has received 30 grants including seven from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was awarded a National AIA Award and was a National Design Award finalist. His work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale and at the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Bell is an associate professor at the School of Architecture, NC State University; holds degrees from Princeton and Yale Universities; and was a Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

      "Rich evidences of practice and theory convinced me that 'all-inclusive engagement' is not a mere added option of architectural production but an indispensable approach to change the future of a complex and entangled society. Moreover, this innovative architectural mode stresses the radical nature that humans have the ability to create their own built environment themselves."

      —Akiko Okabe, Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences, University of Tokyo


      "This book is a timely and valuable contribution to both the teaching and practice of Architecture in times of significant social and environmental change. Its informative chapters and excellent case studies from around the world illustrate the importance of community participation in enhancing both equity and efficiency in the design and management of the built environment. The authors offer theories, frameworks, and tools for practice which demonstrate how to be rigorous to the discipline of Architecture whilst at the same time ensuring relevance in dealing with some of the big issues which the profession faces today."

      —Nabeel Hamdi, Professor Emeritus, Oxford Brookes University


      "Farhana Ferdous and Bryan Bell have assembled a remarkably diverse set of essays and case studies that explore the teaching, scholarship, practice, and public-health implications of community-engaged architecture. All of the authors make a strong case for architecture as a field deeply rooted in the cultures of a place and ethically obligated to address the inequities and exclusions often reified by the built environment. I know of no book more insightful and inspiring in its treatment of all-inclusive architecture than this one."

      —Thomas Fisher, Director, Minnesota Design Center, University of Minnesota


      "Current community participation theory suggests that politicians and bureaucrats have exploited ordinary people and that they have been excluded from the community development process. The community design movement initiated in the 1960s argued that engagement in architecture’s strength lies in being a movement that cuts across traditional professional boundaries and cultures. Its roots lie in the ideals of a participatory democracy where collective decision-making is highly decentralized throughout all sectors of society. This collection of essays and case studies advances this notion of the social and cultural responsibility of architecture through education and professional practice. It is an invaluable resource for identifying directions for the future."

      —Henry Sanoff, Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Architecture, North Carolina State University; author of Democratic Design


      "All-Inclusive Engagement in Architecture emerges at a unique moment in global history. Confronting the persistent disciplinary divide between experiential and the material culture, this publication expands our terms of engagement to offer a unique resource for those wishing to think through the future of architecture as an ethical project. Thoughtfully structured across four theoretically grounded platforms—practice, pedagogy, scholarship, and publicness—each is complemented through exploratory case studies. The challenges surfaced under these concerns remain to be tested under post-COVID conditions wherein emergent social manifestations will require radical (spatial) innovation in order to preserve humanities transforming need for sustaining (human) engagement."

      —Iain Low, Professor, University of Cape Town