1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture Using Time to Craft an Enduring, Resilient and Relevant Architecture

Edited By Mitra Kanaani Copyright 2020
    564 Pages
    by Routledge

    564 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Companion to Paradigms of Performativity in Design and Architecture focuses on a non-linear, multilateral, ethical way of design thinking, positioning the design process as a journey. It expands on the multiple facets and paradigms of performative design thinking as an emerging trend in design methodology.

    This edited collection explores the meaning of performativity by examining its relevance in conjunction with three fundamental principles: firmness, commodity and delight. The scope and broader meaning of performativity, performative architecture and performance-based building design are discussed in terms of how they influence today’s design thinking.

    With contributions from 44 expert practitioners, educators and researchers, this volume engages theory, history, technology and the human aspects of performative design thinking and its implications for the future of design.


    Mitra Kanaani. D.Arch, MCP, FAIA, is the Professor of Design, Research and Tectonics and former Chair at NewSchool of Architecture & Design, San Diego. She is an editor and author, an activist with the Education Is Not a Crime and Education Under Fire movements and an Affiliated Global Faculty of the Baha'i Institute for Higher Education (BIHE) Architecture Program.

    "This important collection of works grounds the debate on the capacity of a design to effect change as it performs assigned tasks. The convergence of views in the same volume provides a stimulating tempest of disagreements and contradictions, and therein lays its value. Here, performativity is a function of interdependencies, integration, interaction and responsiveness between tangible and intangible forces and entities. In some essays, the focus is on the natural, the human and the built. In others, it is on the world we create in all of its dimensions, or on abandoning  a human-centric view altogether for an interconnected and interdependent systems perspective."
    Carmina Sánchez-del-Valle, Professor of Architecture, Hampton University, Virginia