Design Research in Architecture

Series Editors:

Bridging a range of positions between practice and academia, this series seeks out the best proponents of architectural design research from around the world. These texts will be varied in tone and structure, and will discuss aspects including design method, visual representation, textual analysis, social processes, and strategies for action. The series is to be deliberately inclusive in order to encourage a novel and vibrant kind of approach for architectural research. Each of the books will contain a large amount of serious and innovative historical or theoretical research, combined with creative propositions realized through a mixture of drawings, models and textual analysis. It is the essential symbiotic interplay between these components which creates the framework for design research in architecture.

The precise working of the interplay of text and project in architectural design research remains a much debated and relatively unformed issue, and this is of course symptomatic of the conditions facing any newly emerging subject area. The broader questions and theoretical structures of design research have formed the basis of discussions in international refereed journals such as The Journal of Architecture, and there is undoubtedly more intellectual work to be done in such areas. But there is also the need to form knowledge and method through actual propositions, with these studies enabling their authors not just to explore, propose and reflect on their specific subject-at-hand, but also on the wider nature of design research in general. It is for this express reason that this series aims to publish as widely as possible a number of the very best outputs in the field of design research, to allow others to use them as exemplars or to take issue with them through reasoned critique. It is a fertile time for design research and this book series will act at the heart of these investigations and discussions.

  • Dwelling in the Future: Land Use, Housing, and the Conditions for Contemporary Architectural Production book cover

    Dwelling in the Future

    Land Use, Housing, and the Conditions for Contemporary Architectural Production

    By Pierre d'Avoine

    Drawing together writings, drawings, and photographs produced over the past decade, this volume focuses specifically on the issue of contemporary land value, availability and use as the fundamental condition determining architectural production and, in particular, housing. It presents design…

    Paperback – 2017-10-01 
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice book cover

    Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice

    By Marian Macken

    Binding Space: The Book as Spatial Practice explores the potential role of artists’ books within the realm of architectural representation and the design process. In four main sections, the book examines the relationships between the drawing, the building, and the book. Binding Space demonstrates…

    Paperback – 2017-09-01 
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • A Musicology for Landscape book cover

    A Musicology for Landscape

    By David Nicholas Buck

    Drawing conceptually and directly on music notation, this book investigates landscape architecture’s inherent temporality. It argues that the rich history of notating time in music provides a critical model for this under-researched and under-theorised aspect of landscape architecture, while also…

    Paperback – 2017-05-16
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Architecture of Resistance: Cultivating Moments of Possibility within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict book cover

    Architecture of Resistance

    Cultivating Moments of Possibility within the Palestinian/Israeli Conflict

    By Yara Sharif

    Architecture of Resistance investigates the relationship between architecture, politics and power, and how these factors interplay in light of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. It takes Palestine as the key ground of spatial exploration, looking at the spaces between people, boundary lines,…

    Paperback – 2017-04-28
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice: Designing from the Room to the City book cover

    Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice

    Designing from the Room to the City

    By Tom Holbrook

    Expanding Disciplinarity in Architectural Practice presents an argument for the role of an architect as a generalist with a particular ability to bring spatial intelligence to bear on the significant issues of planning, settlement, and identity. The book draws on strategy and planning, landscape,…

    Paperback – 2016-10-26
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • The Architecture Chronicle: Diary of an Architectural Practice book cover

    The Architecture Chronicle

    Diary of an Architectural Practice

    By Jan Kattein

    During the last 30 years, technological, social, economic and environmental changes have brought about the most dramatic evolution to architectural practice that has taken place since the profession emerged during the Italian Renaissance. Whilst these changes have transformed the way architects…

    Paperback – 2014-09-28
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture book cover

    The Inhabitable Flesh of Architecture

    By Marcos Cruz

    Today’s architecture has failed the body with its long heritage of purity of form and aesthetic of cleanliness. A resurgence of interest in flesh, especially in art, has led to a politics of abjection, completely changing traditional aesthetics, and is now giving light to an alternative discussion…

    Paperback – 2013-12-31
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Design Research in Architecture: An Overview book cover

    Design Research in Architecture

    An Overview

    By Murray Fraser

    What is the role of design research in the types of insight and knowledge that architects create? That is the central question raised by this book. It acts as the introductory overview for Ashgate’s major new series, ’Design Research in Architecture’ which has been created in order to establish a…

    Paperback – 2013-12-31
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Transitions: Concepts + Drawings + Buildings book cover

    Transitions: Concepts + Drawings + Buildings

    By Christine Hawley

    Most architectural books written by practising architects fall into two categories: theoretical texts, or monographs that describe and illustrate the author's projects. This book combines both, as it explores and illustrates the methodological journey required to translate a concept to a drawing…

    Paperback – 2013-12-31
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Digital Poetics: An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture book cover

    Digital Poetics

    An Open Theory of Design-Research in Architecture

    By Marjan Colletti

    Digital Poetics celebrates the architectural design exuberance made possible by new digital modelling techniques and fabrication technologies. By presenting an unconventional and original ’humanistic’ theory of CAD (computer-aided design), the author suggests that beyond the generation of…

    Paperback – 2013-12-28
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire book cover

    Marcel Duchamp and the Architecture of Desire

    By Penelope Haralambidou

    While much has been written on Marcel Duchamp - one of the twentieth century's most beguiling artists - the subject of his flirtation with architecture seems to have been largely overlooked. Yet, in the carefully arranged plans and sections organising the blueprint of desire in the Large Glass, his…

    Paperback – 2013-12-24
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Architectures of Chance book cover

    Architectures of Chance

    By Yeoryia Manolopoulou

    Architectural discourse and practice are dominated by a false dichotomy between design and chance, and governed by the belief that the architect’s role is to defend against the indeterminate. In Architectures of Chance Yeoryia Manolopoulou challenges this position, arguing for the need to develop a…

    Paperback – 2013-12-11
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    Design Research in Architecture

  • Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure: Making and Using the Urban Environment book cover

    Furniture, Structure, Infrastructure

    Making and Using the Urban Environment

    By Nigel Bertram

    Observation and analysis are types of invention. They make things apparent which perhaps were invisible. By noticing, drawing and naming something we bring it into being. On the other hand, building and making can be thought of as analytical observations, pointing out what had not been so clear…

    Paperback – 2013-11-28
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    Design Research in Architecture