Socially engaged architecture is a broad and emerging architectural genre that promises to redefine architecture from a market-driven profession to a mix of social business, altruism, and activism that intends to eradicate poverty, resolve social exclusion, and construct an egalitarian global society. The Routledge Companion to Architecture and Social Engagement offers a critical enquiry of socially engaged architecture’s current context characterized by socio-economic inequity, climate change, war, increasing global poverty, microfinance, the evolving notion of professionalism, the changing conception of public, and finally the growing academic interest in re-visioning the social role of architecture. Organized around case studies from the United States, Brazil, Venezuela, the United Kingdom, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Thailand, Germany, Australia, Taiwan, and Japan the book documents the most important recent developments in the field. By examining diverse working methods and philosophies of socially engaged architecture, the handbook shows how socially engaged architecture is entangled in the global politics of poverty, reconstruction of the public sphere, changing role of the state, charity, and neoliberal urbanism. The book presents debates around the issue of whether architecture actually empowers the participators and alleviates socio-economic exclusion or if it instead indirectly sustains an exploitive capitalism. Bringing together a range of theories and case studies, this companion offers a platform to facilitate future lines of inquiry in education, research, and practice.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Public, Community, Society Public Interest Design: A Conceptual Framework Joongsub Kim (US) Part 2: Scarcity, Poverty, Exclusion Appropriation of Social Exclusion: Subject-Invisibility in the Representation of Space in Dhaka Shayer Ghafur (Bangladesh) Part 3: Participation, Engagement, Action Architecture and the Politics of Empowerment Adnan Morshed (US) Participation in Architecture: Reconfiguring the Common Ground Kush Patel (US) Participatory Urbanism and Radical Democracy Tahl Kaminer (UK) Part 4: Agency, Empowerment, Revolution Part 5: Critical pedagogy, Service learning, Professionalism Re-conceiving Professionalism in the 21st Century Nils Gore (US) Part 6: Ecology, Natural, Environment Dew Points Ijlala Mujffar (US) Part 7: Commodification, Spectacle What If…Or Towards a Redefinition of the Political Economy of Architecture Tatjana Schneider (UK) Part 8: Humanitarianism, Trauma, Benevolence Interventions: Architecture, Humanitarianism, Politics Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi and Andrew Herscher (US) The role and impact of design in post-disaster architecture Ted Yu-Shen Chen (AUS) Transgressive Territory: Refugee Camps, Internal Displacements, and the Language of Resettlement Sean Anderson (AUS). Contributor Biographies. Image Credits. Index
Farhan Karim is an assistant professor at the University of Kansas and the author of Modernism of Austerity: Designing an Ideal Home for the Poor (forthcoming, 2019). His current research focuses on the involvement of Euro-American architects in Pakistan (1947-71). His research has been supported by the Graham Foundation, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Aga Khan fellowship, Mellon-Volkswagen fellowship, and Australian Leadership Award.