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Community Architecture (Routledge Revivals)

How People Are Creating Their Own Environment, 1st Edition

By Nick Wates, Charles Knevitt


209 pages

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First published in 1987, this title was one of the first to explore the emerging popular movement of Community Architecture, championed by Prince Charles, which gained momentum throughout Britain in the 1970s and 1980s. The conceptual framework rests fundamentally on the principle that the built environment is most effective when those who live in a particular area are actively engaged with its creation and daily administration. A work that has influenced policy makers and planning legislation, Community Architecture remains one of the key reference works for student architects and planners.


"…indispensable to all concerned with the disastrous state of our built environment. A pioneering and definitive work…." - Vivian Linacre, Environment Now, April 1988.

"…written with such tenacity of purpose that arguments for and against seem as irrelevant as King Canute attempting to push back the waves." - Jim Antoniou, Building Design, 29 January 1988.

"…absolutely essential reading…. The book succeeds in demonstrating the many things which can be achieved by, and through, the changed relationship between designer and client which is at the heart of successful progress." - Jeff Bishop, Bulletin of Environmental Education, November 1987.

"…an antidote to apathy… that can have the dangerous effect of not just making you sit back and ponder on the ills of the world, but of stimulating you enough to want to get stuck in to try and tackle them." - Kelvin McDonald, Planning, 27 November 1987.

"…an invaluable experience for community workers and architects dealing with urbanisation in Taiwan…. The best reference work available." - Ruimao Huang, Lecturer at Tankang University, China Times, 18 November 1993.

"…a Bible to (Prince) Charles." - Anthony Holden, Charles: A Biography, Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 1988

Nominated as the best book of 1987 by Frank McDonald, Irish Sunday Tribune, and one of the ten best books of 1993 by the China Times.

Table of Contents

List of Plates; Acknowledgements; Foreword by Lord Scarman; Authors’ Preface; 1. Rebuilding Community: Introducing Community Architecture 2. The Breakthrough: A History of Community Architecture 3. Cities That Destroy Themselves: The Bankruptcy of Conventional Architecture 4. The Pioneers: The Community Architecture Approach Explained 5. Why Community Architecture Works: The Natural Laws Governing the Relationships between Human Beings and the Built Environment 6. Making It Happen: The New Organizational Frameworks, Techniques and Roles 7. The Way Forward: What Needs to be Done Next; Appendices: 1. Services provided by community technical aid centres 2. Workload of a community technical aid centre 3. Concise history of the community architecture movement 4. Directory of information sources 5. Glossary; Notes; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Revivals

Are there elusive titles that you need and have been trying to source for years but thought that you would never be able to find?

Well this may be the end of your quest – here is a fantastic opportunity for you to discover past brilliance and purchase previously out of print and unavailable titles by some of the world’s most eminent academic scholars.

Drawing from over 100 years of innovative, cutting-edge publishing, Routledge Revivals is an exciting programme whereby key titles from the distinguished and extensive backlist of the many acclaimed imprints associated with Routledge will be re-issued.

The programme draws upon the illustrious backlists of Kegan Paul, Trench & Trubner, Routledge & Kegan Paul, Methuen, Allen & Unwin and Routledge itself.

Routledge Revivals spans the whole of the Humanities and Social Sciences, and includes works by some of the world’s greatest thinkers including Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, Simone Weil, Martin Buber, Karl Jaspers and Max Beloff.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial