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Architecture and Participation

1st Edition

Edited by Peter Blundell Jones, Doina Petrescu, Jeremy Till


300 pages | 50 B/W Illus.

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Bringing together leading international practitioners and theorists in the field, ranging from the 1960s pioneers of participation to some of the major contemporary figures in the field, Architecture and Participation opens up the social and political aspects of our built environment, and the way that the eventual users may shape it. Divided into three sections, looking at the politics, histories and practices of participation, the book gives both a broad theoretical background and more direct examples of participation in practice. Respectively the book explores participation's broader context, outlining key themes and including work from some seminal European figures and shows examples of how leading practitioners have put their ideas into action.

Illustrated throughout, the authors present to students, practitioners and policy makers an exploration of how a participative approach may lead to new spatial conditions, as well as to new types of architectural practices, and investigates the way that the user has been included in the design process.


'[This book] is both stimulating and timely … I commend [it] because of its ever-greater relevance.' - Robin Nicholson

Table of Contents

Introduction Peter Blundell Jones, Doina Petrescu, Jeremy Till Part 1: Politics of Participation 1. Architecture's Public Giancarlo De Carlo 2. The Negotiation of Hope Jeremy Till 3. Losing Control, Keeping Desire Doina Petrescu 4. Mass Housing Cannot be Sustained Jon Broome 5. Reinventing Public Participation: Planning in the Age of Consensus Tim Richardson and Stephen Connelly 6. How Inhabitants Can Become Collective Developers Anne Querrien 7. City/Democracy: Retrieving Citizenship Theresa Hoskins Part 2: Histories of Participation 8. Sixty-Eight and After Peter Blundell Jones 9. Fragments of Participation in Architecture 1963-2002 Eilfried Huth 10. Notes on Participation Peter Sulzer 11. Kemal Özcül: Eco Prize 2034 Peter Hübner 12. Özcül Postcript: The Gelsenkirchen School as Built Peter Blundell Jones Part 3: Practices of Participation 13. Animal Town Planning and Homeopathic Architecture Lucien Kroll 14. 'What if?' A Narrative Process Prue Chiles 15. Politics Beyond the White Cube Marion von Osten 16. How Do You Do 'What You Do' ? MUF and Katherine Vaughan Williams 17. Urban Catalysis and Other Games Stalker 18. Points, Spirals and Prototypes Raoul Bunschoten/CHORA 19. Your Place, or Mine? FLUID

About the Editors

Peter Blundell Jones is Professor of Architecture at the University of Sheffield and a frequent contributor to The Architectural Review. Doina Petrescu is lecturer in architecture at the University of Sheffield and member of Atelier d'Architecture Autogérée in Paris. She has written, lectured and practiced individually and collectively on issues of gender, technology, (geo)politics and poetics of space. Jeremy Till is Professor of Architecture and Head of the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield. He is also a Director of Sarah Wigglesworth Architects, an award winning practice. With degrees in both philosophy and architecture, his writings interrogate the relationship of theory to practice.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Study & Teaching
ARCHITECTURE / Professional Practice